In another snub to May, Trump claimed Boris Johnson – who recently resigned in protest at May’s soft Brexit strategy – would make a “great Prime Minister”.
Trump also said May’s plan to retain close links to the EU would “kill” any chance of a lucrative trade deal with the US.
In a world-exclusive interview with The Sun, Donald Trump said Theresa May had ignored his advice by opting for a soft Brexit strategy.
In an extraordinary intervention timed to coincide with his UK visit, Mr Trump said Theresa May ignored his advice by opting for a soft Brexit strategy.
And he warned her any attempts to maintain close ties with the EU would make a lucrative US trade deal very unlikely.
Mr Trump said: “If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the UK, so it will probably kill the deal.” If they do that, then their trade deal with the US will probably not be made.”
Mr Trump’s remarks come as he prepared to meet the PM for a working lunch at Chequers. He will then board a helicopter for Windsor Castle to meet the Queen before flying up to Scotland for a private two-day visit.