The comments come after May released how the United Kingdom intends to move forward with its relationship with the European Union, two years after the United Kingdom approved withdrawing from the body.
Under May’s plan, the United Kingdom will not be a full member of the European Union, but will still adhere to European Union trade standards.
“If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the UK, so it will probably kill the deal,” Trump said in an interview with The Sun.
Trump also shared that May did not heed his suggestions when crafting the plan, and said the agreement departed from what was voted on years ago.
“I would have done it much differently,” he added. “I actually told Theresa May how to do it, but she didn’t listen to me.”
Last year, Trump vowed that a “powerful” agreement between the U.S. and the United Kingdom would occur “very, very quickly.”
Trump isn’t the only one to condemn May’s plan. The fallout from May’s Brexit plan has prompted Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to resign on Monday. He said that Brexit “is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt.” David Davis, the minister overseeing Britain’s negotiations to leave the European Union, also resigned recently.
According to The Sun, Trump claimed Johnson was a “very talented guy” and said he would be a “great Prime Minister.”
“I was very saddened to see he was leaving government and I hope he goes back in at some point,” Trump said. “I think he is a great representative for your country.”
The report was published as Trump arrived in the United Kingdom on Thursday, where he is expected to address Brexit with May. It is Trump’s first official visit to the United Kingdom since he assumed office.