Published On: Tue, Oct 20th, 2020

Brexit news: Donald Trump’s ex-press secretary Anthony Scaramucci issues US trade warning | World | News

is now a fierce critic of the brash billionaire, and told the only way will offer the UK a is if it suits his purposes to do so. With barely two months before the end of the transition period, the prospects of a trade deal with the European Union are currently hanging in the balance.

A wide-ranging free trade agreement with the US has been consistently touted on this side of the Atlantic as a major dividend of quitting the bloc.

Mr Trump has previously suggested a deal could be sewn up “very quickly” after the UK severs ties with the bloc – but nothing will be resolved this side of November 3.

Mr Scaramucci, who published his account of his time working for the President, entitled Trump, the Blue Collar President, is now backing Mr Trump’s Democrat opponent Joe Biden, who has voiced his own doubts about the possibility of a deal.

But Mr Scaramucci believes the UK should not bank on any favours from his former boss, for whom he worked for a period of 11 days in 2017.

He explained: “He doesn’t think much of the UK.

“And the reason why he doesn’t think much of the UK is that he only thinks about himself.

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“If it does not work out for him he will not.”

New Yorker Mr Scaramucci, who has know Mr Trump for almost 25 years, said the President had shown little interest in the UK’s decision to leave the EU beyond correctly predicting it would happen.

He said: “All he ever said to me about Brexit was that he thought the UK would vote for it because he could feel the anti-establishment sentiment.”

Speaking to Nigel Farage on LBC last year, Mr Trump said: “We want to do trade with UK and they want to do trade with us.

“You’re being held back by the European Union. They’re very tough people to deal with.”

He also suggested trade between the UK and the US “could be four to five times higher”.

However, he also voiced fears that the Withdrawal Agreement could “preclude” such a deal from being struck.

International Trade Secretary Liz Truss has insisted she will not agree to a trade deal with the US unless the terms are right.

Speaking last month, Ms Truss, who is believed to be targeting such an agreement by the middle of next year, said: “The point is we won’t do a deal just to hit a deadline, but of course a deadline can be good for focusing minds.

“Of course, if the other parties are unreasonable we’re not going to say ‘fine we’ll sign up to your terms’.

“We’re only going to do a deal with the US if it improves on the current UK-US trading relationship and gives more of what the UK wants.”

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