Trump said he’s ‘surprised at how badly’ Brexit is going

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President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in the Oval Office on March 14. | AP Photo/ Evan Vucci

President Donald Trump expressed skepticism Thursday that the United Kingdom could put the question of whether to leave the European Union to another vote, saying it would be unfair.

In a news conference with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, Trump said he was “surprised at how badly” Brexit negotiations have gone and that he thought it could have been negotiated differently. He also said he would visit Ireland sometime this year.

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“I hate to see everything being ripped apart right now,” he said. “I don’t think another vote would be possible because it would be very unfair to the people who won, who say, ‘What do you mean you’re going to take another vote?’ That will be tough.”

Varadkar said he and Trump had “a different opinion” on Brexit.

“I regret that Brexit’s happening,” Varadkar said.

He also said he looked forward to discussing the issue later, as well as immigration and trade, according to pool reports.

The EU treats the U.S. “very unfairly” on trade, Trump said.

The U.K. is slated to leave the European Union on March 29, and Parliament is set to vote Thursday on whether to extend the deadline. Lawmakers twice rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement with the EU and voted to oppose a Brexit without an agreement.

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