Steve Bannon today voiced his concerns over Brexit, saying President Trump feels ‘misled’ over the negotiations.
The Former White House chief strategist aired his views in an exclusive interview on Good Morning Britain, as he gave an insight into working on the American President’s electoral campaign and his visit to the UK.
Bannon told Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid he had ‘fears for the White Paper’ following discussions in Brussels and there was a ‘compelling logic why you would do a hard Brexit.’
Bannon told Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid he had ‘fears for the White Paper’ following discussions in Brussels and there was a ‘compelling logic why you would do a hard Brexit’
Steve Bannon today voiced his concerns over Brexit, saying President Trump feels ‘misled’ over the negotiations
Bannon, who was hired by Trump as his chief strategist and CEO of Trump campaign, told the show that while Barack Obama got involved with the Brexit movement, ‘Donald Trump has got his own house style.’
When probed about Brexit, Bannon said the President had talked to Theresa May during her visit to America in January 2017 and given her ‘overall advice about how to negotiate, to get out of the EU.’
He said: ‘We had preliminary discussions and they told us now’s not the time but it will be shortly to talk about a free trade deal with the UK.’
But the 64-year-old said the President was coming to the UK with a ‘direct’ message in the wake of ongoing Brexit discussions.
Asked if Trump is warning Theresa May, he said: ‘I don’t think it’s anything subtle. I think it’s direct. I think he feels a little misled in the fact that we’re prepared to do a major free trade deal with you guys.
‘We’ve talked about it now for over a year and a half and then to come and see that this is a softer Brexit than even anyone expected.’
‘I think there is a compelling logic why you would do a hard Brexit. You have no guarantee.
‘My fear about your white paper is that the guys in Brussel last night already said that there’s no chance that we accept this.’
Bannon told the show that while President Obama got involved with the Brexit movement, ‘Donald Trump has got his own house style’
He added: ‘I think once again, you see the corporate influence in the City of London that have wanted to slow-walk this thing from day one they do not want Brexit, they particularly do not want hard Brexit.
‘It’s not just the American deal you will lose out on and I think that’s where Boris Johnson was saying Trump will go in bloody hard on this – the question will have to be for the sovereignty for the British courts for the whole thing that people voted for – is this what people voted for two years ago? Didn’t they vote to leave the EU?
‘Now you’re kind of half in and half out and you’re controlled by all the EU economic policies and that’s what makes it very hard not just for the US but for China and other people that want to cut deals they’re really gonna have to cut a deal with the EU.’
He later added: ‘I think May’s got to walk in today [she’s got to tell him], he respects that.’
Asked if the Prime Minister has ‘got the character to do that’, he said: ‘She’s the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, she’s got something.’