Trump slams handling of Brexit by UK's May

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he was "surprised at how badly" Brexit has gone and that UK Prime Minister Theresa May ignored his advice on how to better handle negotiations.

"I'm surprised at how badly it's all gone from the standpoint of the negotiation, but I gave the prime minister my ideas on how to negotiate it, and I think you would have been successful", he told reporters while sat alongside Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the White House.

"We talked about Brexit, something that's turning out to be a little more complex than they thought it would be", Trump said at an annual Capitol Hill luncheon for the Irish hosted by the House speaker. "I hate to see it being - everything being ripped apart right now", Trump said, adding that holding a second referendum "would be very unfair to the people that won".

"I think it could have been negotiated in a different manner, frankly", Trump said.

Trump also repeated falsehoods he's made before Thursday when he said he was not a supporter of Brexit.

During a press conference with the taoiseach, the USA president confirmed he would make the trip because Ireland is "a special place".

"I will be coming at some point this year", he said.

"We can do a very big trade deal with the United Kingdom. we are also re-negotiating our trade deal with the European groups and literally individual nations".

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"We shouldn't have a hard border or anything to disrupt the peace process", said Varadkar. "I regret Brexit's happening".

But he now he says: "The potential is unlimited!"

Parliament has twice now rejected the withdrawal agreement May negotiated with the European Union, though it voted this week against leaving without a deal in place.

The most concerning element for Ireland, Varadkar said, is that Brexit should not cause any problems in Northern Ireland, which voted to stay in the EU.

"I predicted it was going to happen, and I was right". "And I was standing out on Turnberry, and we had a press conference, and people were screaming".

On Thursday evening, United Kingdom lawmakers voted in favor of delaying the Brexit process and instructed May to ask the European Union for an extension, potentially delaying the official exit date until later in the summer.

Varadkar was returning to the White House for an evening reception and the presentation of a bowl of shamrocks to Trump.

Mr Trump was asked by reporters if he was still a Brexit supporter. "One way or the other it's going to work out".

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