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Timeline: President’s Donald Trump’s rocky road to UK visit

14 July, 2018, 11:36 | Author: Sara Gill
  • This is so much bigger than Boris | British politics | For Europe, Against the EU

"I like Boris Johnson, I've always liked him". Trump's comment amounted to an extraordinary vote of confidence for Johnson at a time of deep vulnerability for May and her government.

Johnson quit Monday, accusing Prime Minister Theresa May of killing the "dream" of Brexit. I had no intention to but his crazed attacks on the EU, Nato, and WTO have changed things.

Donald Trump reiterated his belief that Boris Johnson would make a "great prime minister" - while standing next to UK Prime Minister Theresa May. And I have Putin.

As May attempts to unify her party behind her proposals, commentators said Trump meeting Johnson would suggest backing for his view that May's plans would inhibit Britain's ability to forge new free trade deals. Frankly, Putin may be the easiest of all.' - Quote attribution President Donald Trump.

"He's been very, very nice to me, very supportive".

"Are they going to look at what Trump has said and say "yeah absolutely that is how I feel" or do they say "well it is not really the job of an American President to tell us what to think".


Trump has long voiced his support for Brexit, saying it was part of a global uprising that ultimately thrust him to power, and he was at his Scottish golf resort the day after Britons voted to leave the European Union, saying the outcome was a "great thing".

But well away from the noisy demonstrations, Mr Trump and Mrs May took questions from reporters.

Securing a U.S. -UK deal post-Brexit is something both Trump and May's government have heralded as being a major benefit of leaving the EU.

He told Today he was "confident in the ability of the United Kingdom to plough through this issue with Brexit and move on".

Local trading was relatively quiet with the start of school holidays, and investors will take their cues from overseas leads, including the fall-out in the trade war between the U.S. and China.

"We lost 151 billion (US) dollars a year ago on trade and on top of that, we spend at least 70% to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and frankly it helps them a lot more than it helps us".

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