Britain’s opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks at a launch event for the Labour party’s general election campaign in London, Britain October 31, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday the leader of Britain’s left-wing opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, would be “so bad” for Britain if he becomes prime minister in December’s general election.
“Corbyn would be so bad for your country. He’d be so bad, he’d take you in such a bad way. He’d take you into such bad places,” Trump said in an interview with Britain’s LBC Radio conducted by the head of the Brexit Party, Nigel Farage.
Britain is due to hold an election on Dec. 12 in what Prime Minister Boris Johnson has billed as a chance to break an impasse in parliament over Brexit more than three years after voters decided to leave the European Union.
Trump praised Johnson for trying to push ahead with Brexit.
“Yes he has (spoken to me) and he also knows how difficult it is, he’s in a very difficult position. And I think he’s willing to do what no one else would do,” Trump said.
“He’s a fantastic man and I think he’s the exact right guy for the times. And I know that you (Farage) and him will end up doing something that could be terrific. If you and he get together it’s, you know, an unstoppable force.”
Trump also said the United States might not be able to do a trade deal with Britain after Brexit.
“We want to do trade with UK, and they want to do trade with us,” he said. “And to be honest with you, this deal, under certain aspects of the deal – you can’t do it, you can’t do it, you can’t trade. We can’t make a trade deal with the UK.”
Reporting by William Schomberg and Andy Bruce; editing by Stephen Addison