Trump Reverses Course, Promises "Great Trade Deal" With UK

One day after telling Theresa May that her Brexit plan was incompatible with a US trade deal, Trump changed his mind.

Yesterday: “If they do a [Brexit] deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the UK, so it will probably kill the deal,” he told the Sun. “I would have done it much differently. I actually told Theresa May how to do it, but she didn’t listen to me.”

Today: Trump said the British leader was doing a “fantastic job”, added it was up to her how to conduct Brexit, and that a free trade deal was very much on the table. Relations had never been more special, he said, and any criticism was “fake news”.

Yesterday: Donald Trump accused the London mayor, Sadiq Khan, of doing “a bad job” on terrorism and said there had been too much immigration in Europe in an incendiary interview that raised questions about the decision to invite him to Britain.

A day before the US president was due to have bilateral talks with Theresa May, Trump used an interview with the Rupert Murdoch-owned Sun to endorse her principal Tory rival just days after he resigned from the cabinet in protest at her Brexit policy.

The president – who has said he would like to see Johnson during his UK trip – added that Johnson “obviously likes me, and says very good things about me.

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“Boris Johnson is a friend of mine; he’s been very, very nice to me,” Trump said, apparently having forgotten or just never heard that Johnson had denounced him as “clearly out of his mind” in late 2015 when the then-candidate for the American presidency had demanded “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”

Referring to Trump’s subsequent claim that his ban was justified because immigrants had made parts of London off-limits to non-Muslims, including police officers, Johnson also said that Trump was “betraying a quite stupefying ignorance that makes him frankly unfit to hold the office of president of the United States.”

UK and US Both Have Trade Surpluses With Each Other

Perfect Solution

That chart hints at the perfect solution for everybody. Change the methodology such that trade surpluses and deficits cease to exist anywhere. If anyone can do that, Trump surely can.

Everyone would be happy and we could stop all of these nonsensical trade wars.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

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What part of "TDS cuts both ways" do you not understand? I can't dumb it down any further.


If Trump drives like he executes statesmanship, he would leave a trail of accidents, swerving left and right, wrong signals, and reversing all the time. He would drive other drivers crazy.


Long live the center! Just say no to the right, left, up, down, backward and forward!


Got it, we're arguing about nothing. We could exchange 100 more posts but you would be no closer to articulating any discernable position. All I've learned about you is that you're quite passionate about people who pose in front of balloons, as well as hypothetical workplace situations that have little to do with you. Oh, and you like carrying water for a politician of a country in which you do not reside.

I did learn one more thing at the end. Apparently an American who mocks dopey mainstream politics is a smug centrist. If that's the case, brace yourself for a deluge of smug centrists as they learn the folly of the red/blue game.