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Trump backtracks on Theresa Might criticism, doubles down on immigration’s “adverse” results

President Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa Might held a joint information convention on the prime minister’s nation property, Chequers, on Friday and addressed a variety of matters together with Mr. Trump’s upcoming summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, immigration, and the explosive feedback he made about Might’s Brexit plan to a British tabloid newspaper simply someday earlier than their assembly.

In that interview, President Trump stated he thinks Boris Johnson, the Brexit booster who resigned as Might’s international minister this week, would make a terrific prime minister. And he warned that Britain’s commerce relationship with the U.S. could possibly be in jeopardy if Might follows by together with her “tender” Brexit blueprint. 

“We had been all watching with kind of bated breath to see how President Trump was going to attempt to finesse what’s a really awkward state of affairs, given the on-the-record interview he gave to a U.Okay. paper through which he was recorded criticizing the U.Okay. Prime Minister Theresa Might – who he stood beside at the moment and stated ‘I didn’t criticize her,”‘ CBS Information senior affairs correspondent Margaret Brennan instructed “CBS This Morning” on Friday. “Standing beside her at the moment, he instructed a really completely different story.”

The president, nonetheless, didn’t again down from the controversial feedback he made about immigration within the Solar interview, calling the inflow of migrants a “very adverse factor for Europe” throughout Friday’s remarks.

“He stated you’re shedding your tradition, and standing beside her at the moment at Chequers he stated the identical factor, that he thinks immigration is damaging to the UK. He linked it there to terrorism,” Brennan stated. “When the president speaks about immigration, you’ll repeatedly hear him put it within the sense of a risk, a safety risk particularly, and that is additionally how he framed it when he was speaking about it in Europe. That this can be a risk. He hyperlinks immigrants to terrorism, particularly, slightly than employment, which is definitely a part of what pushed up among the Brexit negotiations.”

Trump adopted an analogous sample at this week’s NATO summit by slamming U.S. allies on the outset however finally claiming NATO was stronger than it was earlier than. Even when his criticism of Might had been a part of a negotiation technique to realize a greater commerce take care of the U.Okay., as Brennan identified, that is not even on the desk but.

“If the technique in criticizing Theresa Might on her personal soil to her dwelling press was to get a greater commerce take care of the U.Okay., it’s a must to simply take a look at the details right here. The U.S. can’t negotiate a commerce take care of the UK till that date Theresa Might cited, which is in 2019. They can’t truly conform to something till they depart the European Union. So if this was a method to get a greater commerce deal, he cannot get one at this level,” Brennan stated. “If the technique at NATO was to shore up extra spending in some methods, the president did not wish to take the win that he had as a result of truly NATO allies have been growing spending on their very own protection, which they have not but hit the deadline for in 2024. So it is not clear that that provides as much as one thing.”

Forward of his extremely anticipated summit with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday, Trump stated he would “completely” carry up Russian meddling within the 2016 presidential election. He additionally stated he’s focused on coming to a nuclear settlement, however was unclear about what which means.

“What we do know is the State Division and the Pentagon repeatedly accused Russia of dishonest on an current deal, an INF treaty it is known as, with america. So does that imply he’s going to take Putin to activity on that entrance? On dishonest on that settlement? Is he going to take Putin to activity on the settlement that he’s at the moment breaking in Syria that he brokered with President Trump again in 2017 once they met in Hamburg? The president appears to wish to go into this negotiation emphasizing that he had powerful discuss at NATO, however that they’re nonetheless a powerful alliance. He’s arguing that that is a place of energy which Theresa Might says, , in terms of U.S. nationwide safety coverage, international coverage on paper it’s a very sturdy place. What troubles so many European diplomats is that the president would not all the time echo what his advisers say that U.S. place is.”

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