The US president’s remarks come after the EU offered Theresa May a Brexit delay until Halloween which is much longer than the June 30 extension she asked for.
French president Emmanuel Macron, who has clashed with Mr Trump in recent months, has admitted he was behind the October 31 deadline after most of the EU leaders favoured a delay of a year.
Mr Trump described the EU as a “brutal trading partner” just days after he threatened to impose US tariffs on $11 billion of goods from the bloc. His administration shared a 14-page list of goods that could attract higher tariffs including French cheese, wine, champagne, olive oil and seafood.
He said: “Too bad that the European Union is being so tough on the United Kingdom and Brexit.
“The EU is likewise a brutal trading partner with the United States, which will change.
“Sometimes in life you have to let people breathe before it all comes back to bite you!
The US president’s aides have recently described Mr Trump’s intention to strike an ambitious trade deal with the UK after Brexit.
But there are fears in the UK that such a trade deal could lead to chlorine-washed chicken and hormone-pumped beef arriving on supermarket shelves. The US ambassador has already described such claims as myths.
Mrs May now faces renewed pressure to resign after agreeing to an Article 50 extension until Halloween in a move that will anger Brexiteers within her party.
The PM had hinted that she would quit if Brexit was extended beyond June 30 during a previous speech in the Commons.
Mrs May is likely to face fresh calls from within her party to stand down as Prime Minister after the EU offered a Brexit delay until October 31 which is much longer than she had asked for.
In the build-up to Wednesday’s crunch summit, former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith said the PM should leave before the party’s conference in September.
He said MPs should tell her: “This can’t go on.”
There is now speculation she could be gone by the end of May, with members of the backbench 1922 Committee having reportedly discussed her departure.
“If we are in the European elections the calls on her to resign will be massive. Even her supporters would say she is a dead duck. Then we will be into a position of runners and riders and a new leader by July,” a 1922 source told the Telegraph.
Mrs May has also been criticised for her prior statement that she said “as Prime Minister” she was not prepared to delay Brexit any further than June 30.
MP Peter Bone referenced this on Wednesday evening and asked if the PM “intends to keep to her word”.
Steve Baker, Tory MP for Wycombe, also retweeted a video on Thursday morning of the PM making this vow.
Senior British sources indicated the PM intended to stand by her promise to stand down once the first phase of Brexit negotiations are complete.
Last night, Jeremy Hunt told ITV’s Peston it would be “absolutely catastrophic” for the Conservatives to face an election if the “central promise” of Brexit had not been delivered upon.
While Liberal Democrat MP Tom Brake said: “A real relief that the antics of political pygmy Mark Francois MP and Brexit man-of-the-people Jacob Rees-Mogg didn’t stop the EU granting an extension.
A number of second referendum supporting MPs also renewed calls for a people’s vote, adding a further complication to the pressure on Mrs May.
Gavin Shuker, who defected to the the Independent Group from Labour, tweeted: “With an extension to 31 October, we have the time to legislate for, arrange and conduct a people’s vote to break the deadlock.”
When the PM was asked if she owed the country an apology for not securing Brexit by now, Mrs May replied: “Over the last three months I have voted three times to leave the European Union.
“If sufficient members of Parliament had voted with me in January we would already be out of the European Union.
“We haven’t been able to get the majority in Parliament.
“As you know I have been reaching out to find a way in which we can get an agreement that will command a majority across the House of Commons.”
The new extension is in place until October 31 but under the terms of the agreement the UK can leave at any time if the Withdrawal Agreement is ratified by the Westminster Parliament.
Should the UK fail to take part in elections to the European Parliament on May 23-26, it will automatically leave without a deal on June 1.
Though she was given a mandate by Parliament for an extension to June 30, Mrs May telephoned Attorney General Geoffrey Cox before confirming that the new deal was acceptable.
A Brexit date of October 31 would mean the second phase of dealing with the future UK/EU trade and security relationship would not get under way until late in the autumn.
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