DONALD Trump today vowed to give Britain a “phenomenal” trade deal after Brexit in a parting gift to Theresa May as they stood on stage together.
The Sun reports:
The President vowed to double or triple UK-US trade in future as he paid tribute to the “tremendous” PM on the second day of his state visit.
He backed Brexit and praised Mrs May’s efforts to get a deal with the EU – predicting she won’t get the credit she deserves.
Mr Trump said: “The United States is committed to a phenomenal trade deal – there is tremendous potential in that trade deal, probably two and even three times what we are doing now.”
But he warned that the NHS would have to be on the table in any future trade deal.
On the second day of President Trump’s historic state trip:
He lavished praise on Theresa May but poked fun at her failure to get a Brexit deal
The President backed Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt to be the next PM – saying he doesn’t know their rival Michael Gove
Mr Trump revealed that Jeremy Corbyn asked him for a meeting but he refused
Protests against the President took place in the capital but suffered a poor turnout
Asked about Britain’s EU exit, the President said: “I think that it will happen and it probably should happen.
“This is a great, great country and it wants its own identity. It wants to have its own borders, it wants to run its own affairs.
“I believe the Prime Minister brought it to a very good point where something will take place in the not too distant future.”
Turning to Mrs May, he took a sly dig at her negotiating skills saying: “I would have sued and settled, maybe, but you never know. She’s probably a better negotiator than I am!
“I think the deal is teed up, they have to do something – perhaps you won’t get the credit you deserve when they do something.”
Mr Trump paid tribute to the Queen, who is hosting his state visit, and insisted he’d enjoyed working with the PM in their last joint press conference before she leaves office.
The President said to Mrs May: “You are a tremendous professional and a person that loves your country dearly.”
Mr Trump also revealed Jeremy Corbyn had asked him for a meeting – despite being one of his fiercest critics – but said he’d snubbed the leftie Labour leader.
He said: “He wanted to meet today or tomorrow, I decided I would not do that. I think he is, from where I come from, somewhat a negative force.
“People should look to do things correctly as opposed to criticise. I decided not to meet.”
Quizzed on the PM’s possible successors, Mr Trump backed Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt for No10 – but played down reports he could meet Michael Gove today and claimed he doesn’t even know him.
The President said: “I know Boris, I think he’d do a very good job. I know Jeremy, I think he’d do a very good job. I don’t know Michael.”
Mrs May used the press conference to look back on her relationship with Mr Trump over the past two and a half years.
She took the credit for ensuring he hasn’t abandoned the Nato military alliance – but admitted the pair hadn’t always seen eye to eye on key issues.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2019
The PM said: “Today we have discussed again the new and evolving challenges to our security, our values and our way of life. We share the same view about their origin and our objectives in meeting them.
“But – like Prime Ministers and Presidents before us, and no doubt those that will come after – we can also differ sometimes on how to confront the challenges we face.
“I have always talked openly with you, Donald, where we have taken a different approach – and you have done the same with me.”
She named the Iran nuclear deal and Paris agreement on climate change as two areas where the leaders have clashed.
After the press conference the pair toured the historic Churchill War Rooms which stretch under Westminster.
This morning the President told the PM at a business round-table: “It’s been an honour to work with you. I don’t know what your timetable is, but… stick around, let’s do this deal.”
His suggestion caused a ripple of laughter at the table at St James’ Palace this morning.
Mrs May is officially standing down as Tory leader on Friday morning and will be gone as PM within weeks.
The pair also held talks today in Downing Street with their other halves ahead of the press conference – but Mrs May and President Trump didn’t share a handshake outside No10.
This morning he again spoke in support of a trade deal once we’ve finally left the EU, saying: “You are our largest trading partner, we are your largest trading partner.
“There’s an opportunity to greatly enlarge that, make it a much bigger trading relationship.
“I think we will have a very substantive trade deal, that’s something our folks want to do, you want to do. We’re going to get it done.”
Mrs May praised the US President as “our honoured guest, who knows a thing or two about business himself as well”.
Yesterday the President said as soon as Britain casts off our EU “shackles” then a huge trade deal is on the table – and that talks are already underway.
Tonight, my wife and I will be honored to welcome special guests to Winfield House – America’s home in Britain. A beautiful venue to celebrate a beautiful friendship. #USStateVisit 🇺🇸🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/wRWHB2W0vY
— Ambassador Johnson (@USAmbUK) June 4, 2019
This morning’s round-table brought together ten leading firms – five from the UK and five from the US – to discuss economic ties and how to work further together on both sides of the Atlantic.
CEOs and senior representatives from BAE Systems, GlaxoSmithKline, National Grid, Barclays, Reckitt Benckiser, JP Morgan, Lockheed Martin, Goldman Sachs International, Bechtel and Splunk were on course to attend alongside the Duke of York.
Chancellor Philip Hammond, Trade Secretary Liam Fox and Her Majesty’s Ambassador Sir Kim Darroch represented the UK alongside the PM.
Trade between the UK and US is already worth £190billion – and has grown by more than 70 per cent in the last decade.
A few thousand protesters flooded London today to demonstrate against the state visit granted to Mr Trump.
Mr Corbyn gave a speech to the crowd despite having previously asked the President for a meeting.
But the wet weather appeared to have driven people away with the number protesting down by more than half compared to last year.
From The Sun