The huge hurdle in Boris Johnson's way when striking a Brexit trade deal with Donald Trump


Although President Donald Trump has boasted of his “very good relationship” with Mr Johnson, this will not be enough to hammer home the US trade deal that Mr Johnson believes will lift Britain’s fortunes after Brexit. Mr Trump takes pride in seeing an English version of himself, describing the former Foreign Secretary as, “a different kind of a guy, but they say I’m a different kind of a guy too”. But Boris Johnson has been warned by an American senator and a senior writer at The Washington Post that he will face a “tough time” securing a quick post-Brexit trade deal with the United States.

Frances Stead Sellers of The Washington Post said on the BBC’s World this Weekend programme: “One of the curious things is that Trump is used to being CEO where he can cut personal relationships and have people working for him.

“But, it is very different being President, he is not the CEO of America, he is the head of three equal branches of the government.”

Ms Sellers stated: “The commerce clause of the constitution of the United States explains that the regulating of trade lies within Congress, it is not up to the President.”

Senator Chris Murphy, the Democrat from Connecticut who sits on the foreign relations committee, also pointed out that it was not just up to Mr Trump to agree any trade deal.

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“President Trump is going to have a tough time getting a UK trade deal through Congress,” he told HuffPost UK.

“The United States has interests that we want to protect throughout the Brexit process, and there is bipartisan consensus against blowing up the Good Friday agreement which has maintained stability in Northern Ireland for over 20 years.

“I know the President wants to encourage Britain to leave the EU, but any trade agreement with the UK is going to have to come after we reinforce our trans-Atlantic relationship.”

Meanwhile, Mr Trump keeps signalling whom he favours in the race to be the next Prime Minister of the UK.

President Trump said he had spoken to Mr Johnson on Thursday, adding: “I like Boris Johnson, I always have.”

He also had criticisms for outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May, stating that she “has done a very bad job with Brexit”.

Mr Johnson is the frontrunner in the contest to become the next Tory leader and UK prime minister.

He and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt are the final two candidates, with the winner announced on 23 July and taking office the next day.


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