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Theresa May how to do it, but she didn’t listen to me,” Trump told the tabloid. “The deal she is striking is a much different deal than the one people voted on.”
Trump apologized in private to May, one of the rare times he‘s admitted wrong. And tho
ugh he’s expressed a desire to remain diplomatically impartial — “I think we will stay right in our lane,” he sa
id last week when questioned about Brexit — he has nevertheless bemoaned May’s handling of the issue over and over.
”I’m surprised at how badly it’s all gone from the standpoint of a negotiation,” he said in the Oval Office last week, mome
nts after suggesting he wouldn’t offer an opinion on the issue. “I gave the prime minister my ideas on how to n
egotiate it. And I think you would’ve been successful. She didn’t listen to that, and that’s fine.”
A few weeks before, Trump spoke briefly with one of the UK’s most visible pro-Brexit campaig
ners, Nigel Farage, on the sidelines of a conservative conference outside Washington. And he’s ma
intained close ties to the hardline conservatives who have bemoaned May’s handling of the matter.
Trump wasn’t alone in his criticism. Two of his top confidants — son Donald Trump Jr. and national security adviser John
Bolton — both offered critical views this week of May and her plan to try and delay Britain’s exit from Europe.