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Trump praises May’s Brexit negotiating skills

Published:Tuesday | June 4, 2019 | 12:00 AM
President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May shake hands during a news conference at the Foreign Office, Tuesday, June 4, 2019, in central London. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

LONDON (AP) — President Donald Trump has dialled back on past criticism of Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit negotiating skills, saying she got a good divorce agreement with the European Union.

Trump previously said May should have taken his advice to sue the bloc. At a news conference with May in London on Tuesday, Trump said he would have “sued and settled, maybe, but you never know. She’s probably a better negotiator that I am.”

Trump said May’s agreement was a good one and told her “perhaps you won’t be given the credit you deserve.”

May is stepping down as Conservative Party leader on Friday, after Parliament three times rejected her EU divorce deal.

May says she still believes the agreement is the right one for Britain but it will be for whoever succeeds her “to take this issue forward.”

Trump is predicting the eventual passage of a Brexit deal.

Trump said during a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May in London on Tuesday that he “would say that it will happen and that it should happen.” He says he believes it “will be good for the country.”

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