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Donald Trump says Theresa May failed to talk tough in Brexit negotiations

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Donald Trump says Theresa May failed to talk tough in Brexit negotiations

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US President Donald Trump has taken an indirect swipe at British Prime Minister Theresa May in an interview, impyling he did not think her stance during the Brexit talks was tough enough, and that he would have been a harder negotiator with the European Union.

"I have a lot of respect for your (British) prime minister (Theresa May) and I think they're doing a job. I think I would have negotiated it differently. I would have had a different attitude," he claimed.

"I would have said that the European Union is not cracked up to what it's supposed to be. And I would have taken a tougher stand in getting out."

The interviewer then expressed the British fear about French President Emmanuel Macron, who in the journalist's words was "all over" Trump "trying to be your new best friend".

"No I like him, he's a friend of mine," insisted Trump, accentuating the enunciation of France's leader. "Emmanuel... He's a great guy, his wife is fantastic," he opined.

Macron went out of his way to be the first to invite Donald Trump on a foreign visit after his inauguration, a gesture reciprocated since with Trump offering Macron the first official state visiit of his presidency.