Donald Trump criticizes Theresa May for 'how badly' Brexit talks have gone

Donald Trump and Leo Varadkar in Washington DC last year

After telling reporters he would stay in his lane and avoid commenting on the contentious British exit from the European Union, U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday immediately did just the opposite. "I gave the prime minister my ideas on how to negotiate it", he said at the White House during an appearance with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.

The US President said Brexit is "tearing countries apart" but it would be unfair to hold a second referendum.

During a speech at the Vice President's US Naval Observatory residence, the Irish leader said his fascination with American politics at a young age "helped to inspire me to believe in the power of politics to do good because ultimately that is what politics is all about". "I don't think another vote would be possible because it would be very unfair to the people that won", Trump said.

Mr Trump also used Mr Varadkar's visit to the White House yesterday to warn Ireland and the EU the USA is "going to tariff a lot of their products coming in because the European Union treats us very, very unfairly".

And he said that embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May, whose own party twice rejected her Brexit plan, would have already cut a deal if only she had listened to his advice. Varadkar opposes Britain's European Union exit and expressed concern about how such a move would affect Northern Ireland. He also said his administration will negotiate a new "America first" deal with the European Union or the bloc will face tariffs.

Mr Trump, who was hosting Mr Varadkar for the annual St Patrick's Day visit to Washington, had earlier taken to Twitter to to express his hopes for a future working relationship with Britain.

"We can do a very big trade deal with the United Kingdom". "I regret Brexit's happening". "There is every expectation in Washington that a U.S. -U.K. trade deal could be in place by the end of 2019 if Brexit goes forward this month and Britain successfully leaves the Customs Union".

Mr Varadkar replied: "We have a different opinion, Mr President". Irish leaders say a new formal border would put profitable commerce at risk and invoke the ghosts of the bloody conflicts in Northern Ireland known as the Irish Troubles.

"I thought it would happen, it did happen, and both sides are very, very cemented in".

Turning to Mr Varadkar, he said: "Leo, I'm sure you agree on that".

Mr Trump was asked by reporters if he was still a Brexit supporter. "And I was standing out on Turnberry, and we had a press conference, and people were screaming".

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