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Trump Slams PM's Brexit Plan Ahead of Meeting

Just before meeting British Prime Minister Theresa May, President Donald Trump criticized her plan for pulling the country out of the European Union. Just before meeting British Prime Minister Theresa May, President Donald Trump criticized her plan for pulling the country out of the European Union. |  Photo: White House

Created: July 12, 2018 05:44 PM

LONDON (AP) - President Donald Trump has accused British Prime Minister Theresa May of ruining what her country stands to gain from Brexit and says her "soft" blueprint for the U.K.'s future dealings with the European Union would probably "kill" any future trade deals with the United States.

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Trump told The Sun newspaper before arriving for his first U.K. visit as president on Thursday that, "If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the U.K., so it will probably kill the deal".

Trump, who has compared the June 2016 referendum in which a majority of British voters supported leaving the EU to his own election that year, said: "The deal she is striking is a much different deal than the one the people voted on."

He also told the tabloid that he has shared advice with May during Britain's negotiations with the EU, but says May ignored his advice.

Details from Trump's interview with the paper became public as he was attending a black tie dinner with May to welcome him to Britain.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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