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Donald Trump says Theresa May didn't listen to his advice on Brexit

15 March 2019

Speaking with reporters alongside Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Thursday, Trump said that he was in Scotland at the opening of his new golf club the day before the referendum, and that he'd stated his belief that Britain would vote to leave the European Union.

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump welcome Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar at the South Portico as he arrives at the White House on Thursday.

"I will tell you, I'm surprised at how badly it has all gone from the standpoint of a negotiation".

During a speech at the Vice President's US Naval Observatory residence, the Irish leader said his fascination with American politics at a young age "helped to inspire me to believe in the power of politics to do good because ultimately that is what politics is all about".

"I don't think another vote would be possible because it would be very unfair to the people that won", he added.

Varadkar, sitting alongside Trump at the White House, said he looked forward to discussing Brexit with Trump and that he would like to see a European trade deal with the United States. And also we want to make sure we still have frictionless trade between Britain and Ireland because I believe in free trade.

"I will be coming at some point this year", he said.

He said he would like to see the "whole situation with Brexit work out", adding "we are talking with them about trade and we can do a very big trade deal with the UK". "I regret Brexit's happening".

"We have a different opinion", he said, referring to the president.

But he now he says: "The potential is unlimited!"

The most concerning element for Ireland, Varadkar said, is that Brexit should not cause any problems in Northern Ireland, which voted to stay in the EU.

After their private meeting, Mr Varadkar said it had been an opportunity for him to set out Ireland's position on Brexit, "particularly when it comes to the peace process".

"I thought it would happen, it did happen, and both sides are very, very cemented in".

On Thursday evening, United Kingdom lawmakers voted in favor of delaying the Brexit process and instructed May to ask the European Union for an extension, potentially delaying the official exit date until later in the summer. "And I was standing out on Turnberry, and we had a press conference, and people were screaming". Trump gave it a try, too, and got pretty close, at the final theatrical rite of the Irish visit - the presentation of a crystal bowl of shamrocks.