Trump Today: Trump Today: President says a U.S.-U.K. trade deal is possible

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May and U.S. President Donald Trump arrive for a joint news conference in the grounds of Chequers near Aylesbury, Britain July 13, 2018.

A day after a blockbuster interview was published in which he put into question the possibility of a trade deal and praised the rival of Prime Minister Theresa May, President Donald Trump on Friday talked up his relationship with her and said such a pact could come off.

BREXIT, NATO AND PUTIN AT JOINT PRESS CONFERENCE

Next to May, Trump softened the stance he had in an interview with The Sun, in which he said a soft Brexit would “probably kill the deal.”

“The only thing I ask of Theresa is that we make sure that we can trade, that we don’t have any restrictions because we want to trade with the U.K.,” he said in a joint press conference. “I read reports where that won’t be possible, but I believe after speaking with the prime minister’s people and representatives and trade experts, it will absolutely be possible.”

He did praise May’s rival, Boris Johnson, who resigned the cabinet, but also offered praise for May. “I think she’s a terrific woman and doing a good job, and that Brexit is a tough deal between the borders and the entries into the countries, and all of the things.”

Trump said that he apologized to May for the interview. “I said I want to apologize because I said such good things about you. And she said, ‘don’t worry, it’s only the press.’ I thought that was very professional.”

Trump discussed at length the issue of defense spending by NATO countries. “It was testy at the beginning, but at the end, everybody came together and agreed what they should do and actually what they’ve committed to do,” he said.

Trump was asked about whether there was a benefit to having U.S. troops stationed overseas. “There’s a psychological benefit and there’s a military benefit. There’s also a benefit not to do it. I was prepared to do things that would have been somewhat harsh yesterday. A lot of people were surprised that NATO all came together at the end, but — and it wasn’t a threat, I mean, it was just an unfair situation.”

As for his upcoming talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump said topics will include Ukraine, Syria and nuclear proliferation. “I know you’ll ask, ‘will we be talking about meddling,’ and I will absolutely bring that up,” he added.

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