International Whispers: Trump ‘keen’ to sign quick trade deal with UK after Brexit

President-elect Donald Trump has promised that the U.S. will sign a quick trade deal with the UK after the Brexit negotiations are concluded.

In an interview with former leave campaigner and cabinet minister Michael Gove for the Times newspaper, Mr Trump said that the UK was “so smart for getting out”. He went on to say  “We’re gonna work very hard to get it done quickly and done properly. Good for both sides.”

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President Elect Trump met with MP Michael Gove at Trump Tower in New York

 

Mr Trump’s words were in sharp contrast to outgoing President Barack Obama’s remarks during the EU referendum campaign, where he famously said that “the UK would be at the back of the queue” for any potential trade deal should it leave the EU.

The President-elect, who will be inaugurated on Friday in Washington, went on to criticise Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel’s stance on immigration calling it “obsolete”.

Mr Trump later said “I think she made one very catastrophic mistake and that was taking all of these illegals, you know, taking all of the people from wherever they come from. And nobody even knows where they come from,”

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Mr Trump said that the UK was ‘doing great’ in the wake of Brexit.

Later in the interview with Mr Gove, he turned his comments to NATO and called for more member states to commit to the target of spending the 2% of their respective national incomes on defence, a spending target that the UK is meeting and remains one of the few nations to do so.

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Defence Spending as a % of GDP- Source: NATO

With his inauguration looming, UK prime minister Theresa May will be keen to ensure that Mr Trump delivers on his promise to sign a trade deal with the UK, as this would be a boost to the economy and future success post Brexit.

Breaking Whispers- Berlin Christmas Market Attack: Manhunt continues

German police are continuing the manhunt for the suspect in Monday’s Christmas market attack.

The man who police are anxious to question a man who has been identified by the police as Anis A, a Tunisian man from the city of Tataouine.

He is suspected to have been the individual who hijacked a truck belonging to a Polish  citizen, Lukasz Urban who was later found dead nearby with gunshot and stab wounds.

The truck left the road and ploughed into a crowd at a busy Berlin Christmas Market, killing 12 people and injuring another 48 on Monday evening.

A Pakistani asylum seeker who was detained by police in the wake of the attack has since been released without charge.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack but this has yet to be confirmed by Germany’s interior ministry.

Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday laid flowers near the scene of the attack amidst heightened security, which has been echoed all across Europe.

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Merkel, pictured centre lays flowers at the Berlin attack site.

Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered a review of security precautions with concerns that London could be the next target. The threat level in London has been listed as ‘severe’meaning an attack is highly likely.

London’s mayor Sadiq Khan said today “Keeping everyone safe remains the highest priority for the Met commissioner and for me.”