Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

President Trump talks trade & economic relations with Irish prime minister

President Trump talks trade & economic relations with Irish prime minister

"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 president said he had advised British Prime Minister Theresa May how to negotiate her country's divorce from the European Union, but "she didn't listen to that".

Varadkar, sitting alongside Trump at the White House, said he looked forward to discussing Brexit with Trump and that he would like to see a European trade deal with the United States.

Trump said it's unlikely the British could take another vote but he would like to see it worked out so the U.S. could do a "very big trade deal" with the United Kingdom in the future.

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".

Mr Trump's comments come as MPs prepare to vote on a second Brexit referendum this evening - the first time they have been given an official opportunity to have their say on the issue. And also we want to make sure we still have frictionless trade between Britain and Ireland because I believe in free trade.

"She's got to do what she's got to do but I think it could have been negotiated in a different manner, frankly".

The Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, will travel to Chicago today as part of the annual Saint Patrick's Day programme of events.

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He said he would like to see the "whole situation with Brexit work out", adding "we are talking with them about trade and we can do a very big trade deal with the UK".

"Varadkar took Pence up on his offer on Thursday, bringing Barrett along for a morning reception at the vice president's residence on the grounds of the US Naval Observatory". "I regret that Brexit's happening".

Britain is scheduled to leave the European Union on March 29.

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

Trump spoke hours before British lawmakers voted to delay Brexit for at least three months.

Mr Trump was asked by reporters if he was still a Brexit supporter.

"Most important thing for us in Ireland is that their decision to leave shouldn't cause problems in Northern Ireland where people voted to stay", he said. "He has consistently emphasized Brexit as a prerequisite for a new U.S. -U.K. free trade agreement, and administration officials and members of Congress have been working diligently to prepare for such an agreement", Gardiner, director of the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom at The Heritage Foundation, tells VOA News.

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