President Donald Trump promised the United Kingdom a “phenomenal trade deal” on Tuesday, the second day of his official visit to Britain.
His comments revealed few details, but added to the previous assurances from the US president as Britain is slowly moving out of the EU.
” 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.,”, Trump told a joint news conference with UK Prime Minister Theresa May.
” There is tremendous potential in that trade deal — I say probably two and even three times of what we are doing right now,” Trump told reporters after meeting the prime minister for an hour-long talk.
Trump said he believed Britain’s exit from the EU would and should happen in response to questions about the current impasse that has helped oust the prime minister, who will step down as Conservative Party leader on Friday.
Talks with May on Tuesday covered a variety of controversial issues, including climate change, trade and the tensions with Iran. It should be noted that the United Kingdom is not allowed to open formal trade talks with other countries until the bloc is completely left.
May’s proposed Brexit deal was rejected three times by UK lawmakers, and the Brexit deadlline has now been postponed to October 31.
Trump said on Tuesday that anything was on the table with regard to a British-American trade deal and said May had done a very good job and deserved much appreciation regarding Brexit.
“Very substantial business deal”
Trump said earlier on Tuesday at a meeting attended by British and US business leaders that the United States would conduct a “very substantial trade deal” with the United Kingdom.
Trump also thanked the prime minister for doing what he called “a great job”. Trump’s praise on Theresa May comes after he criticized the way she handled the Brexit negotiations during his previous visit to the United Kingdom in 2018.
Trump met Queen Elizabeth II on Monday and attended an official banquet at Buckingham Palace, where he hailed the “eternal friendship” between the two countries. However, leaders of opposition political parties boycotted the state dinner.
Labor leader Jeremy Corbin is expected to address an anti-Trump demonstration on Tuesday amid wider protests in other cities in the United Kingdom. Trump said on Tuesday he believed Corbin was a “somewhat negative force” when reporters asked him about the matter repeteadly.