- While on a 3-day state visit to the U.K., President Trump vowed that Britain would have a “phenomenal” post-Brexit deal amid turmoil, which resulted in the resignation of Prime Minister Theresa May.
- Despite previous criticisms of May and her inability to reach a Brexit deal, Trump referred to May as a “tremendous professional” and steered clear from criticizing her during a joint press conference.
- He added that “she has done a very good job,” and turned down an opportunity to meet with Jeremy Corbyn, the opposition Labour Party leader.
- Trump also highlighted the “special relationship” between the U.S. and U.K and said: “As the U.K. makes preparations to exit the European Union, the United States is committed to a phenomenal trade deal between the U.S. and the U.K. There is tremendous potential in that trade deal — I say probably two and even three times of what we are doing right now.”
- Though the U.S. and Britain remain close allies, there have been disagreements over Chinese tech giant Huawei and its role in helping the countries with their 5G networks.
- Britain has allowed the company to have “a restricted role in building parts of its 5G network,” whereas the U.S. has effectively banned Huawei, citing security concerns.
- However, after meeting with May, Trump said: “We have an incredible intelligence relationship and will be able to work out any differences. We did discuss it, I see absolutely no limitations, we have never had limitations, this is a truly great ally and partner and we will have no problem with that.”
- Though there were reports of thousands of people demonstrating Trump’s visit to the U.K., Trump said: “I heard that there were protests. I said: ‘Where are the protests? I don’t see any protests.’ I did see a small protest today when I came, very small, so a lot of it is fake news.”