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"We're extremely confident in the ability of the United Kingdom to plough through this issue with Brexit and move on", he said.

In the introduction to the Brexit blueprint, the Prime Minister said the UK's negotiating position with the European Union "requires pragmatism and compromise from both sides". "If they don't get rid of her and get back on track then I will, next spring, come back into the front line of British politics".

The ambassador said that while a meeting was not now on Mr Trump's itinerary "the President makes his own schedule", the day after the American leader said he may make time to meet his "friend" the former foreign secretary.

'I think he is a great representative for your country. He said he still believed May should follow his advice. "That's certainly up to the people - not up to me". He has criticized May over her response to terrorism and approach to Brexit, and infuriated many in Britain when he retweeted a far-right group.

Trump said that the first thing he had done upon his arrival at Chequers on Friday was to offer a mea culpa to May but that she had assured him none was necessary, joining him in pinning the drama on the news media.

May has faced a backlash over the plan from Brexit hardliners in her Conservative Party who say it gives too many concessions to the European Union, but she has support from moderates and there has been no challenge to her leadership.

In an interview with a national newspaper - released during his visit to Blenheim Palace last night - the politician said the UK's close alignment with the European Union post-Brexit would likely scupper plans for a UK-US trade agreement.




The pound gave up recent gains during Asian trading after Davis's unexpected resignation as Brexit secretary over what he described as a "general direction of policy [that] will leave us in at best a weak negotiating position, and possibly an inescapable one".

She had used the Blenheim black tie dinner with political and business leaders to press Mr Trump on the benefits of a free trade deal after Brexit.

Trump also said that he stood by his praise of Johnson.

Speaking to reporters at the White House as he departed for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, Trump said it was up to the British people to decide whether May remains in power.

He added: "I'll tell you what".

May's government was rattled on Monday by the departures of foreign minister Boris Johnson - the face of Brexit for many - and her chief Brexit negotiator David Davis.

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