US President Donald Trump on Tuesday June 4th promised Britain a "phenomenal" post-Brexit trade deal and pledged to work out any differences with London on the role of China's Huawei in building 5G networks.
Reuters reported that on day two of his UK state visit, Trump congratulated outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May and praised two of her potential successors, diminishing concerns that he could publicly humiliate May over the Brexit-related collapse of her premiership.
Instead, Trump did not mention the subject and lightly skirted around the most sensitive issues, such as Huawei and May’s succession. On the latter he made positive noises about Boris Johnson, who has said the United Kingdom should leave the European Union on October 31st, deal or no deal, and Jeremy Hunt, Britain's foreign minister who has warned against leaving without a deal.
"I know Boris, I like him, I've liked him for a long time. I think he would do a very good job," Trump told reporters at a news conference beside May at Britain's Foreign Office.
"I know Jeremy, I think he'd do a very good job," he added.
On Brexit, Trump said Britain's EU divorce would happen.
"I would say...I would think it will happen and it probably should happen. This is a great, great country and it wants its own identity, it wants to have its own borders, it wants to run its own affairs. This is a very, very special place.
"As the UK makes preparations to exit the European Union, the United States is committed to a phenomenal trade deal between the US and the UK," Trump said.
Trump said Queen Elizabeth was a "fantastic woman" and thanked Britain for the state visit which he said had cemented the greatest alliance the world had ever known.
During his press conference on Tuesday, Trump also told Mexico to stop the "invasion" and "onslaught" of migrants entering the US illegally, or face rising US import tariffs, which would cause the loss of foreign investment.
"Mexico should step up and stop this onslaught, this invasion into our country," Trump said.