Donald Trump blasts May over her handling of Brexit - ‘She didn’t listen!’

Donald Trump and Leo Varadkar in Washington DC last year

Donald Trump and Leo Varadkar in Washington DC last year

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he was "surprised at how badly" Brexit has gone and that UK Prime Minister Theresa May ignored his advice on how to better handle negotiations.

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump welcome Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar at the South Portico as he arrives at the White House on Thursday.

President Trump recently talked Brexit and trade relations with the prime minister of Ireland, while hosting the leader at the White House.

"I will tell you, I'm surprised at how badly it's all gone from the standpoint of a negotiation", Trump said, sounding like he wasn't that surprised at all.

He added: "I hate to see everything being ripped apart right now", and said he didn't think a second referendum would be possible.

The Taoiseach referred to Mr Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan and said that while the USA had military might and a booming economy, they shouldn't lose sight of what makes America great already - its people and its values.

"I particularly want to thank you for your help with the plant in the west of Ireland where hundreds of jobs were threatened as a result of the Russian sanctions", he stated. "I think it could have been negotiated in a different manner". "I regret Brexit's happening".

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Trump has previously been critical of May's Brexit deal, warning that it could "kill" a bilateral trade agreement between the U.S. and 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".

But he now he says: "The potential is unlimited!"

Parliament will vote later Thursday on whether to extend the March 29 deadline for a deal. Mr Trump said the "issue on the Border of Ireland is one of the most complex points".

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

On Thursday evening, United Kingdom lawmakers voted in favor of delaying the Brexit process and instructed May to ask the European Union for an extension, potentially delaying the official exit date until later in the summer. Trump gave it a try, too, and got pretty close, at the final theatrical rite of the Irish visit - the presentation of a crystal bowl of shamrocks.

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