LONDON: US President Donald Trump told British Prime Minister Theresa May she should sue the European Union rather than negotiate with them, she said on Sunday.
May said Trump’s self-declared “brutal” option in the Brexit negotiations was to sue Brussels, shedding light on his mysterious suggestion that has hung over their talks and his four-day visit to Britain.
“He told me I should sue the EU. Sue the EU,” May told BBC television.
The unknown Trump option had been hanging in the air for days.
In an interview with The Sun newspaper on Thursday ahead of his talks with May, Trump said he had told May how to deal with Brussels but she “didn’t listen”.
“I would have done it much differently. I actually told Theresa May how to do it but she didn’t agree, she didn’t listen to me. She wanted to go a different route,” he said.
“She probably went the opposite way.”
In a press conference after their talks on Friday, Trump said it had been a suggestion rather than advice.
“I think maybe she found it too brutal,” he said, standing alongside May, without revealing the details.
“I could fully understand why she thought it was tough. And maybe someday she’ll do that. If they don’t make the right deal she may do what I suggested but it’s not an easy thing.”