Trump tweets in favour of trade deal with UK

Elias Hubbard
March 14, 2019

In response, Mr Varadkar said: "We have a different opinion at present".

"But they are going now and that's their decision". "They want to make a deal". So far, the tariffs have not led to the President's desired reduction in trade deficits; instead, the Census Bureau said last week that the United States trade deficit had hit a 10-year high in 2018, growing by $69 billion.

But in response, the US President warned if the European Union continues its "unfair" treatment of the US then there will be "pretty severe" consequences. They'd say 'What do you mean, you're going to take another vote?' So that would be tough. But they are willing to talk to us and if they don't talk to us we are going to do something that is going to be pretty severe economically.

Instead, he said two economic hawks - trade adviser Peter Navarro and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross - skirted White House protocols to persuade Trump the tariffs were necessary. "The potential is unlimited!"

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he anticipated a "large scale" trade agreement with the United Kingdom, as Britain faces a delay to its exit from the European Union after parliament rejected the government's Brexit deal.

"I'm surprised at how badly it has all gone from a stand point of negotiations but I gave the Prime Minister (Theresa May) my ideas of how to negotiate it". She didn't listen to that and that's fine.

Trump's pledge is likely to be welcomed by pro-Brexit lawmakers in the United Kingdom, who have signaled the value of Britain being able to negotiate its own trade deals once it leaves the E.U. Under E.U. terms, individual countries are not allowed to negotiate their own deals.

"I hate to see everything being ripped apart now".

On the prospect of another referendum, he said: "I don't think another vote would be possible because it would be very unfair to the people that won".

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