President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani: Trump interview with Mueller ‘further away’ ACLU calls for Trump officials to hand over info on immigrant children Kushner to join Pompeo for meetings with Mexican leaders MORE on Friday said he has no problem with however the United Kingdom decides to leave the European Union, backing away from his explosive criticism of Prime Minister Theresa May.
“Whatever you’re going to do is OK with us,” Trump told May during a joint press conference at the conclusion of his visit to the U.K.
Trump said his only priority is getting a so-called Brexit agreement that will “make sure we can trade together.”
“That’s all that matters,” the president said.
Trump’s comments come one day after the Sun tabloid published an interview, in which the president blasted May’s Brexit strategy.
“If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the U.K., so it will probably kill the deal,” Trump said.
“I actually told Theresa May how to do it but she didn’t agree, she didn’t listen to me,” Trump added, saying that May’s pursuit of a “soft” Brexit “is a much different deal than the one the people voted on.”
Trump said he has a good relationship with May and claimed his remarks to the Sun were not quoted in full.
“It’s called fake news,” Trump said.
The Sun has published an audio recording of Trump’s criticism of May that backed up the comments.