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‘I’m going to help make Brexit a great thing’: President-elect Donald Trump pledges to offer Britain a quick and fair trade deal with America and vows to invite Theresa May to the White House

  • Trump said people voted for Brexit because they ‘want their own identity’
  • President-elect said UK-trade deal would be a priority for his administration
  • In interview Trump showed desire for arms reduction agreement with Russia
  • Trump also called NATO ‘obsolete’ and that alliance had not ‘bothered terrorism’

President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to offer Britain a quick and fair trade deal with the US.

In an interview for The Times, with former Leaver campaigner and cabinet minister Michael Gove, the US president-elect also said people voted for Brexit because they ‘want their own identity’.

Mr Trump used the interview to signal his desire for a new arms reduction agreement with Russia saying the numbers of nuclear weapons should be ‘reduced very substantially’.

Donald Trump has pledged to secure a rapid trade agreement with Britain as he predicted leaving the European Union would be a 'great thing' for the UK


In contrast to Barack Obama, who said Britain would be at the ‘back of the queue’ when it came to a trade deal with the US, Mr Trump made clear it would be a priority for his administration.

He said: ‘We’re gonna work very hard to get it done quickly and done properly. Good for both sides.’

Unlike his predecessor who urged British voters to back Remain – Mr Trump said he welcomed last June’s referendum vote.

He said: ‘People, countries want their own identity and the UK wanted its own identity. ‘Brexit is going to end up being a great thing.’

Despite having prompted fears of a new arms race last year when he said the US needed to ‘greatly strengthen and expand’ its nuclear capability, Mr Trump indicated he would like to strike a new nuclear deal with Russia.

He said: ‘For one thing, I think nuclear weapons should be way down and reduced very substantially, that’s part of it.’

The President-elect also used the interview to signal his desire for a new arms reduction agreement with Russia saying the numbers of nuclear weapons should be 'reduced very substantially'


The President-elect – who will be inaugurated on Friday – also spoke of his belief that German chancellor Angela Merkel had made an error when she opened Germany’s doors to migrants.

He said: ‘I think she made one very catastrophic mistake and that was taking all of these illegals.’

As well as commenting on the action of world leaders, Mr Trump also slammed NATO and claimed they ‘not bothered about terrorism’.

He said: ‘Nato has problems. It’s obsolete because it was first designed many, many years ago.

‘We’re supposed to protect these countries, but many of them don’t pay what they ought to,’ he went on, harking back to a familiar theme from the US campaign trail.

Mr Trump added: ‘That’s very unfair on the United States.’

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