Donald Trump has insisted the US-UK relationship is "the highest level of special", hours after he told the Sun Theresa May's Brexit plan would kill a trade deal between the countries. Speaking alongside the PM, Mr Trump said Brexit was an "incredible opportunity" and "whatever" the UK did after it left the EU was "OK with me". Mrs May said they had discussed plans for an "ambitious" trade agreement.
At a news conference following talks at the prime minister's country residence, Chequers, Mr Trump also said:
▪The Sun interview was "generally fine" but missed out his positive comments about Mrs May - so amounted to "fake news"
▪"This incredible woman right here is doing a fantastic job, a great job"
▪The US is looking forward to finalising a "great" bilateral trade agreement with UK
▪He had not given Mrs May advice on how to deal with the EU but "did give her a suggestion... and I think she found it maybe too brutal"
▪The US "looks forward to finalising a great bilateral trade agreement"
Mr Trump described Brexit as a "very tough situation... between the borders and the entries into the countries and all of the things", saying: "The only thing I ask is that she work it out so that we can have very even trade".
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