Donald Trump criticizes Theresa May for 'how badly' Brexit talks have gone

Lamar Ellis
March 17, 2019

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump welcome Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar at the South Portico as he arrives at the White House on Thursday.

In an unhelpful intervention for the prime minister, the president said that the issue was tearing the United Kingdom apart and that it would probably be forced to delay Brexit. "I hate to see everything being ripped apart now". "I don't think another vote would be possible because it would be very unfair to the people that won", Trump said.

"We have a different opinion", he said, referring to the president.

The Irish premier was speaking at the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington DC as part of his four-day St Patrick's tour of the US.

"We are doing very well with China talks", he told reporters.

Mr Murphy said, 'Brexit, and the uncertainty surrounding it, poses unique and hard challenges for Ireland and Irish business.

"We talked about Brexit, something that's turning out to be a little more complex than they thought it would be", Trump said at an annual Capitol Hill luncheon for the Irish hosted by the House speaker.

In contrast, President Trump was in combative form in the Oval Office where the meeting with Mr Varadkar came shortly after the Senate voted to end his declaration of a national emergency on the US-Mexico border.

"So, whatever happens in the coming months, we are sure about our place in the world, we know where we are going and, as a country, we are confident about the future".

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But he added "I think we will stay right in our lane", and stressed his belied that leaving the European Union remains in the best interest for the UK.

'I think it could have been negotiated in a different manner, frankly.

"I'm not going to comment on Brexit".

The most concerning element for Ireland, Varadkar said, is that Brexit should not cause any problems in Northern Ireland, which voted to stay in the EU.

For Irish leaders, even a modern figure such as the young, gay, mixed-race Varadkar, the event reinforces historical bonds that translate to tourism, business partnerships and other boons of shared history and language.

Mr Trump has said he will be visiting the Republic of Ireland at some point this year.

Theresa May has previously revealed that Mr Trump told her to "sue the EU" and "not go into negotiations".

Last night, he presented the US President, Donald Trump, with the traditional bowl of shamrock in a ceremony at the White House.

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