Published On: Sun, Aug 25th, 2019

Donald Trump promises ‘biggest ever’ trade deal with UK as EU sidelined for Boris | UK | News

In the face of continued EU intransigence surrounding changes to the withdrawal agreement and Irish backstop, the Trump administration has filled the void with ringing endorsements of Mr Johnson and the future of the special relationship. Speaking at a crowded breakfast table as reporters hung on every word, the US President sang Mr Johnson’s praises, claiming that he was the “right man for the job”. He added: “We’re having very good trade talks between the UK and ourselves, you wouldn’t believe.

“A very big trade deal, bigger than we’ve ever had with the UK.

“And now… they won’t have the obstacle of, they won’t have the anchor around their ankle because that’s what they had.

“And we’re going to have some very good trade talks.”

Mr Trump suggested his administration was hindered from pursuing a trade deal while Theresa May was in Downing Street, saying: “Before I was sort of stymied by the other side because nothing got done on the other side, as you’ve seen from Brexit.

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“But this is a different person and this is a person that’s going to be a great prime minister, in my opinion.”

Further demeaning Mrs May, the President added: “He (Boris) needs no advice, he’s the right man for the job.

“I’ve been saying that for a long time – didn’t make your predecessor very happy – but I’ve been saying it for a long time.”

But the two leaders didn’t address the thorny issue of the NHS, agreeing beforehand to keep it off the table.

In 2014 Russia was thrown out of the group, formerly known as the G8, over its annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula Crimea.

Mr Trump’s comments came a day after Mr Tusk criticised the American leader for last year suggesting Mr Putin should be allowed back into the group, regardless of his actions.

The European Council president recalled the American leader’s remarks at the 2018 G7 summit in Quebec, Canada.

Mr Trump told reporters: “That I don’t know. We did discuss it. We had a very good discussion on Russia and President Putin and a lively discussion, but really a good one.

“And it’s certainly possible.”

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