President Donald Trump met with Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage on Tuesday, the second day of his state visit to the United Kingdom.
Farage, in a tweet, said that the two leaders had a “good meeting” at Winfield House — the U.S. ambassador’s residence in London where the president is staying — and that Trump “really believes in Brexit.”
The meeting occurred hours after Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May held a joint news conference in which the U.S. president praised May for her efforts to negotiate an orderly exit from the European Union and said, “I think it will happen and it probably should happen.”
May, however, resigned from her post in May after failing to win support for her Brexit plan, capping months of chaos in Parliament. Farage, a divisive figure in British politics, has been a consistent critic of May and her Brexit strategy and a supporter of Trump.
Farage was the leader of right-wing United Kingdom Independence Party, or UKIP, in the run-up to the Brexit vote in 2016. He left UKIP and helped found the Brexit Party.
May plans to step down on Friday as Conservative Party leader, but she will continue as prime minister until a successor is chosen. In April, after British lawmakers rejected May’s deal three times, the U.K. was granted an extension until Oct. 31 to work out a withdrawal agreement and pass it through Parliament.
The prime minister’s office reportedly tried to block Trump from meeting with high-profile Brexit supporters during his trip.
However, a spokesman for May’s office told NBC News on Monday that “who the President meets during his visit is, of course, a matter for him.”
Trump has previously offered his opinion on the protracted efforts to reach a Brexit deal. Trump told The Sunday Times in an interview earlier this week that the U.K. government should “walk away” from talks with the European Union if it can’t get sufficient terms from EU leaders.
Most experts have warned that a “no-deal Brexit” would have serious consequences for the economy and lead to shortages, and possibly trigger tensions in Northern Ireland.
Trump also told the paper that Farage should have a role in the negotiations, calling him “a very smart person.”
“They won’t bring him in. Think how well they would do if they did,” he said. “They just haven’t figured that out yet.”
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Warren touts economic worldview, put opponents on notice
MANCHESTER, N.H. — Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., continued to put corruption in the spotlight in a speech here Thursday, delivering remarks that served as both an illustration of her economic worldview — that she alone will launch the crusade against a corrupt system — and also an offensive against those, including her 2020 opponents, whom she sees as unwilling to stand up to that same malfeasance.
“I’m serious about delivering real change — and a lot of powerful people know it,” Warren said in a speech at Saint Anselm College. “Just take a look at who the Washington insiders and Wall Street executives and billionaires spend their time and money attacking on TV and in the press. They believe that I’m the biggest threat to a corrupt system that has enriched them at everyone else’s expense.”
The remarks were a hallmark address for Warren on how to improve an economy she argues is bogged down by deeply entrenched corruption while also taking repeated shots at unnamed opponents.
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In some cases, Warren took opponents to task for their reliance on high-dollar donors; in others, for their “naïve hope” that Washington’s partisan rancor can ever be rolled back in the name of bipartisan progress. In fact, there was little hope for bipartisanship in this speech; it centered around the “fight.”
Warren specifically referenced — without naming — former Vice President Joe Biden and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg for their fundraising practices and how they’ve talked about their donors. To those, like Biden, who talk about a return to bipartisanship, Warren offered: “Unlike some candidates for the Democratic nomination, I’m not counting on Republican politicians having an epiphany.”
At another point of the speech, while defending her belief in markets, she even offered a subtle rebuke of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., saying, “nobody should be surprised that I believe in markets.” Warren and Sanders have dueled over interpretations of their capitalist versus socialist stances, one of the key differences between their worldviews, and something that Sanders has brought up in the past months.
Finally, Warren directly took on the latest candidate to enter the Democratic primary race, saying “I’m no fan of Michael Bloomberg, that has been made clear through the years.” But she used the former New York City mayor to make a larger point about the wealth tax. “He built a successful business,” she allowed, but argued that her wealth tax proposal “isn’t about being punitive or denigrating success … It’s about making sure that the wealthy don’t pull the ladder up behind them.”
Asked after the remarks by NBC News if the rest of the Democrats in the 2020 field were “either not willing or not capable” of affecting the necessary change that Warren talked about, she said: “Well, pretty much. I mean, look, we know how big the problems are that’s what I talked about. And right now, no one is proposing the kinds of solutions that address those problems.”
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