Donald Trump on Brexit and Farage Sunday Times News

She said Mr. President that you suggested she sue the EU, how would that have worked do you think?

What I would do is for those mistakes made by the EU that cost the UK a lot of money and a lot of harm, I would have put that on the table. Whether it’s in the form of litigation or in the form of a request, but they chose not to do that. I just think it’s very hard for the UK to get a good deal when you go into a negotiation that way. At the same time, I can’t blame the European Union because they had very little to lose. They were willing to give so little, it was always so tough. But I will say that we have the potential to be an incredible trade partner with UK. We’re doing relatively little compared to what we could be doing with UK, much, I think, much bigger than European Union.

This whole thing might finish by the end of October, Mr. President, and how quickly do you think we could get a trade within a year do you think?

We could work on it much faster, we could work on it very, very quickly. There’s tremendous potential trade with the United States. They wanted to do trade but they’ve never had a president like me that they [crosstalk 00:01:25]-

Are you thinking a matter of months or?

Yeah, I’d go all out, it would be a great, a great advantage for UK. One of the advantages of Brexit is the fact that now you can deal with the number one country by far, whether number one by far in terms of every metric, in terms of an economy. Well, if I were them, I wouldn’t pay $50 billion, it’s a big number. I wouldn’t pay $50 billion, that’s me, I’m only saying this from my standpoint, I would not pay. That’s a tremendous number.

Now some of these candidates are saying they’d walk away if they don’t get what they want, others are disagreeing. Presumably, you think the way to get a deal is to-

If they don’t get what they want, I’d walk away, yes, I would walk away. This is their decision, you’re just asking my opinion, I would not… If you don’t get the deal you want, if you don’t get a fair deal, then you walk away.

There’s a good chance he might become Prime Minister in the next year or so, Mr. President. This is a guy with a Marxist background who’s taken too with terrorists. Is he someone America can work with?

Well, I think then he’s probably making a mistake because I think he’d want to get along with the United States. We’re very, very good for the UK if you look at what we do for the UK in terms of many things including, obviously, the military. I would think that somebody in that position would want to and have to get along with the United States.

And presumably the intelligence sharing as well?

Intelligence as well.

Would you have some qualms about America sharing stuff with the government [crosstalk 00:03:06]-

I’d have to know him, I’d have to meet him. I don’t know him, but I would certainly, before I would answer that question, I’d have to get to know him a little bit.

Would you like to see Nigel Farage in there in the negotiating team, is that a good way to deal with it then?

Well, I like Nigel a lot. I got to know him when he liked my campaign and he actually came to a speech and I met him pretty much early on, a little bit earlier on. I think he’s a terrific person, really a terrific person, and he loves your country. He really loves your country, and based on what I hear, he did very well in this last election, is that right?

30 something.

Yeah, no, I hear he’s done very well. I liked Nigel a lot and I think he’s got a lot to offer, he’s got a lot to offer. Obviously, a lot of people agree with me because I saw his numbers and they were very good from a couple of days ago.

But he’d be an asset in that negotiation?

I think he’s an asset to your country.