On Thursday, US President Donald Trump waded into the British election campaign as he launched an attack on the country’s main opposition leader. He warned Prime Minister Boris Johnson that his EU divorce deal could risk future US-UK trade agreements.
Trump brought unprecedented criticism of a candidate to be British premier from a sitting president as he said that Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn would be “so bad” in the role.
He requested Johnson to unite with eurosceptic hardliner Nigel Farage to deliver Britain’s departure from the bloc. Nigel is the main figure in the 2016 referendum on European Union membership who now leads the newly-founded Brexit Party.
During a telephonic conversation, Trump told Farage on his talk show on British radio station LBC, “Corbyn would be so bad for your country.”
“He’d take you in such a bad way. He’d take you into such bad places.
“I’d like to see you and Boris get together… I think it’d be a great thing,” Trump added.
Farage has urged Johnson to create an electoral alliance but has been denied so far. His new party is campaigning for Britain to exit the EU without any deal in place. Corbyn just a few minutes after the interview aired, hit back on Twitter that “Trump is trying to interfere in Britain’s election to get his friend Boris Johnson elected”.
The President also criticized Johnson’s Brexit deal saying it made it impossible to strike a future trade agreement. “This deal… you can’t do it, you can’t trade. We can’t make a trade deal with the UK,” he added.
Earlier this month, Johnson agreed to new divorce terms with the leaders of the bloc ahead of the country’s scheduled departure on Thursday. However, Johnson could not pass the plan through the parliament and instead opted to hold a snap pre-Christian election.
He has blamed his Labour rivals for the latest Brexit delay and is vowed to take the country out by a new January 31 deadline. Johnson said during a campaign stop, “If you vote for us and we get our programme through, which we will… we can be out, at the absolute latest, by January next year.”
The Conservative leader is riding high in opinion polls going into the December 12 vote that will be Britain’s third in four years. Corbyn said at his own campaign event, “He said he would rather be dead in a ditch than delay beyond today. But he has failed. And that failure is his alone.”