Brexit: Donald Trump blasts Theresa May for not taking his advice

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaking at the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington DC during his visit to the US

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he was "surprised at how badly" the Brexit negotiations have gone.

Just ahead of Saint Patrick's Day, Ireland's openly gay prime minister Leo Varadkar and his boyfriend had brunch with the one and only Mike Pence.

Alongside Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in the Oval Office, Trump declared that Brexit is "actually tearing a lot of countries apart". Varadkar said he appreciates what the president has done for his country economically.

"I regret that Brexit is happening and the United Kingdom was a really important part of the European Union".

He also said another vote on Brexit would be unfair, and reiterated that he would like to see a US trade deal with the United Kingdom after it leaves the EU.

Britain is scheduled to leave the European Union on March 29.

MPs have rejected May's withdrawal agreement by huge margins twice and will next vote on delaying Brexit on Thursday night. But I gave the prime minister my ideas on how to negotiate it, and I think you would have been successful.

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The exchange of views Trump is referring to took place in a meeting last summer, with May later saying that his advice was to sue the EU.

In his speech, Mr Varadkar said: "Your ambition is to "Make America Great Again", and I think we can already see some of the results of that".

Gardiner rejects Irish concerns about the border and said the issue has been used as a "battering ram" by European Union leadership keen to make Britain a cautionary example to other member states flirting with an exit. "There is very deep-seated animosity within the Irish government to Brexit".

Speaking to Ireland's RTE News on Wednesday, Varadkar confirmed that his partner would attend the traditional breakfast with Pence.

The Washington Post reports that Varadkar is among the few openly gay world leaders, joining Luxembourg's Xavier Bettel and Serbia's Ana Brnabic. Pence got the pronunciation right - "TEE-shuck" - and said he, too, plans a trip to Ireland shortly.

Brexit won't spoil the relationship, even given Trump's history of turning on leaders who cross him, said Marquette University historian Timothy G. McMahon, president of the American Conference for Irish Studies. "Friendly disagreements happen in diplomacy all the time".

"We talked about Brexit, something that is turning out to be a little more complex than they thought it would be". But it will all work out.

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