Speaking on a European tour, Steve Bannon has expressed his confidence that the United Kingdom and the United States will conclude a successful trade deal, in remarks that come just days after revelations that he is once again advising U.S. President Donald Trump.
A preview of the interview, to be broadcast on the BBC’s flagship political programme Newsnight Wednesday evening, reveals Bannon’s comments about Brexit, and the coming trade deal between the United States and the United Kingdom.
Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon says Emmanuel Macron and @realdonaldtrump have "a special relationship" but insists that doesn't mean Theresa May is going to be left out in the cold. He says the UK "will get a trade deal" with US post-Brexit #newsnight pic.twitter.com/Y1XXGnmGoP
— BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) May 23, 2018
Asked by BBC politics editor Emily Maitlis whether there was going to be a trade deal, Bannon was unequivocal:
“Oh yeah, absolutely. I don’t think there’s any doubt. A trade deal with the United Kingdom and the United States, when I was there, when the guys came in. We said as soon as you’re eligible to negotiate it — which is not yet — you’ll get a trade deal very quickly. So I don’t think there’s any doubt that the United Kingdom will get a trade deal, and get a trade deal that’s a fair trade deal between two partners.”
The interview, conducted in Prague during a short European speaking tour by Mr Bannon, apparently giving a unique insight into the thinking on UK-U.S. relations at the top of the White House, comes just days after CNN revealed Bannon was again advising President Trump.
CNN reported Monday:
The members of this group working to persuade the President and Trump-friendly media include ousted former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, former deputy campaign manager David Bossie, President of the Trump Hispanic Advisory Council (and CNN commentator) Steve Cortes and many others. None of those reached for comment wanted to talk on the record. It was not clear how much Nunes is part of any of these conversations.
Asked about the relationship as it stands between the two countries, especially in the light of the surprise friendship struck between President Trump and President Macron of France, Bannon said: “Look, Macron and the President, there’s no [other way to say this, they] have a special relationship. You’ve got to remember, Macron was a Rothschilds banker, he knows how to focus on a client. He has done a very good job on building a personal relationship with President Trump.”
“And by the way, they had a great time in the United States, and Macron goes to Congress and basically dumps all over the populist nationalist movement. They have a relationship.
“Theresa May — it’s not that he doesn’t have a relationship, he very move loves the United Kingdom, he’s built a golf course in Scotland, his family’s heritage is from Scotland. He has a very deep feeling for the British people, Nigel Farage is quite close to him.”
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