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Theresa May reveals Donald Trump urged her to sue the EU

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Donald Trump privately urged Theresa May to “sue the European Union” instead of negotiating with the bloc over the terms of Brexit, the Prime Minister has revealed, reported iNews (UK).

He told a press conference at Chequers on Friday that he had given advice to Mrs May over dealing with Brussels which was “too brutal” for her. It had been widely assumed that he had suggested she walk away from the talks, but Mrs May told BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show that the US President had encouraged her to take the entire EU to court. “He told me I should sue the EU – sue the EU – not go into negotiations, sue them. Actually no. We’re going into negotiations with them,” Mrs May disclosed.

Hand-holding to ‘help’ Trump on steps In his interview with the Sun, Mr Trump said he would have handled Brexit talks “much differently”, and added: “I actually told Theresa May how to do it but she didn’t agree, she didn’t listen to me.” Later during his joint press conference with Mrs May, he said he merely made a “suggestion”. He refused to be drawn further, apart from saying she had “found it too brutal”.

The Prime Minister disclosed that she has twice taken Mr Trump’s hand – at the White House last year as well as at Blenheim Palace during his visit to Britain – to “help” him negotiate steps. Dismissing the suggestion that the action made her look submissive, she said: “What you notice is that whenever he takes me down a slope or stairs and he did it up the stairs at Blenheim Palace, he takes my hand to help in going up the steps.”

Remarks about women
Asked about his record of making controversial remarks about women, she said: “I have made clear in the past about my views on the attitude to women… I’m very clear about the way women should be treated and the respect that women should be given. “I was sitting down as a female leader with the President of the United States talking about issues that are of great importance to the people of the US, the people of the UK, but also actually of great importance around the world.”

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