Donald Trump has said he is “surprised at how badly” the Brexit negotiations have gone for Britain and claimed that leaving the EU is “tearing the country apart”.
In an explosive intervention, the US president claimed that Theresa May did not listen to his suggestions on how to handle the negotiations.
“It’s a very complex thing right now, it’s tearing a country apart, it’s actually tearing a lot of countries apart and it’s a shame it has to be that way but I think we will stay right in our lane,” he said.
“I’m surprised at how badly it has all gone from a stand point of negotiations but I gave the prime minister my ideas of how to negotiate it, she didn’t listen to that and that’s fine but it could have been negotiated in a different manner.”
Mr Trump made the comments alongside Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in the Oval Office.
Britain is due to leave the EU at the end of March, but MPs will vote later on delaying Brexit until at least the end of June.
When asked if he thinks the deadline should be pushed back, the US president said: “I think they are probably going to have to do something because right now there are in the midst of a very short period of time, at the end of the month and they are not going to be able to do that.
“We can do a very big trade deal with the UK. we are also re-negotiating our trade deal with the European groups and literally individual nations.”