Trump says Queen thinks Brexit is 'very complex problem'

Blanche Robertson
July 15, 2018

But influential Conservative backbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg, who opposes Mrs May's plan for post-Brexit trade with the European Union, said many Conservative MPs shared his view.

He said May's plans to bind Britain's economy closely to its European partners after Brexit would "probably kill" its hopes of a USA trade deal. During the interview, Trump also praised former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and criticized London Mayor Sadiq Khan, London's first-ever Muslim mayor, one of the most prominent Muslim politicians in Europe.

U.S. President Donald Trump's former adviser Steve Bannon believes now is the time for Boris Johnson to challenge British Prime Minister Theresa May for her job, the Daily Telegraph newspaper reported on Saturday.

US President Donald Trump has seemingly breached royal protocol by discussing his private conversation with Queen Elizabeth II who he says thinks Brexit is a "very complex problem", according to an interview with British media.

- Protesters fly Trump baby - Trump earlier tweeted: "I have arrived in Scotland and will be at Trump Turnberry for two days of meetings, calls and hopefully, some golf - my primary form of exercise! It is awful to hear the inflammatory language that he uses and I am embarrassed that (Prime Minister) Theresa May has done so much to welcome him".

What Trump said to The Sun stopped short of saying he believed Johnson should become Prime Minister over May, saying he was "not pitting one against the other". I was very saddened to see he was leaving government and I hope he goes back in at some point.

Parakilas added: "That is the basic rhetorical strategy".

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But some Britons see the United States leader as crude, volatile, unreliable and opposed to their values on a range of issues.

"It is a really tricky time here and there's no doubt that President Trump's comments have not helped".

The US president questioned her handling of Brexit in an interview with The Sun tabloid, published on Thursday.

"The reaffirmation of the British-U.S. relation we saw at the press conference will probably assuage some of the doubts we have seen about the status of the relationship", Parakilas said.

Friends of Mr Johnson have claimed the ex-Brexit Secretary phoned to inform him of his decision to stand down and argued the Uxbridge MP should also quit the Government. "It undoes some of the damage".

Trump was scheduled to visit Britain in June 2017, but Britons were opposed to his trip because of his anti-Muslim policies and his executive order that banned migrants of some Islamic countries from entering the US.

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