Everything changes in the daylight.
The morning after slamming U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plan, President Trump has flipped his stance. In a joint press conference Friday, Trump affirmed that the U.K. could exit the EU however it wants, so long as "we can still trade together. That's all that matters." May agreed Britain's withdrawal from the EU wouldn't compromise trade with America.
Pres. Trump to Theresa May on Brexit: "Perhaps the UK has left the EU. I don't know what they're going to do, but whatever you do is okay with me."
"Just make sure we can trade together. That's all that matters." https://t.co/J203tu17bY pic.twitter.com/k86toX36yO
— ABC News (@ABC) July 13, 2018
Trump's comments mark a change in tone from a bombastic interview he gave to British tabloid The Sun. In the interview, which was published online Thursday night, the president declared that he would've shaped May's Brexit plan "much differently." May's slow EU exit "will probably kill" a U.S.-U.K. trade deal, Trump told the tabloid, and he heaved praised on now ex-Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, who quit in protest of May's "soft" Brexit.
On Friday morning, Trump derided the whole interview as "fake news" because it didn't include all the good things he said about May. But it's all saved on "the good old recording instrument" the White House uses every time it deals with reporters, Trump said, and he welcomed everyone to take a listen. The Sun did publish its own audio of its interview with Trump, which you can listen to here. Kathryn Krawczyk