In an interview with Reuters today, John Bolton, the White House national security adviser, said that Donald Trump, the President of the United States of America, is eager for a U.S. trade deal with the United Kingdom once it officially breaks away from the European Union.
In the interview with Reuters Television, Bolton stated: “President Trump remains very eager to cut a bilateral trade deal with an independent Britain. It’s what the people voted for in 2016, and when they get out, whether it’s now, April 12 or later, we’ll be standing right there waiting for them.”
Last Thursday, President Trump had told reporters that he wished Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, well as she attempts to look for a path to a Brexit deal that can pass through the Parliament. Today, a third attempt at passing a deal failed, sowing more confusion.
Bolton stated: “It’s very complicated inside Britain.”
He added: “I know they’re going through a lot of turmoil. But really I think the president would like to reassure the people of the United Kingdom how strongly we feel, that we want to be there when they do come out of the European Union.”
He said that President Trump empathises with PM May, however, he said that he would not comment on whether May should step down.
He stated: “I think the president sympathises with anybody going through some of the pressure that Prime minister May is. He’s certainly seen his share of it and I think being a man who empathises with people in that position that’s what he’s expressing. But I’m sure it’s not appropriate for us to speculate really on what the prime minister should do, or her party.”
As for whether the United Kingdom should hold a second Brexit referendum, Bolton said that the vote from the first one held in 2016 was clear.
He stated: “In the European Union they like to say, ‘we make the people vote until they get it right,’ meaning pro-EU votes. So I guess I’d say if you’re going to hold a second referendum and ‘remain’ wins, they ought to hold a third referendum and call it best two out of three.”