Donald Trump, Jr. opted to weigh in on the U.K.’s turmoil surrounding its planned exit from the European Union, asking Prime Minister Theresa May in a Daily Telegraph op-ed, “Was it all a ruse?”
The New York Times reported that Trump, Jr. blamed May for the failure to reach agreement on how and when Brexit should be finalized and declared that “democracy in the U.K. is all but dead.”
The deadline for the U.K.’s exit is March 29 — which “is supposed to be the British people’s Independence Day,” Trump, Jr. wrote — but May is now seeking to extend the deadline after a series of defeats in Parliament.
Like is father, President Donald Trump, Trump, Jr. was displeased with the outcome, writing that “because the elites control London from Brussels, the will of the people is likely to be ignored.”
The president himself said last week that he had previously told May how she should approach the Brexit negotiations but lamented her decision to ignore his advice.
“I gave the prime minister my ideas on how to negotiate it, and I think you would have been successful,” President Trump said during a meeting with Ireland’s prime minister, Leo Varadkar. “She didn’t listen to that, and that’s fine.”
The president’s son wrote that because May failed to heed his father’s advice, “a process that should have taken only a few short months has become a yearslong stalemate,” which was “exactly as the European elites were hoping.”
“Was it all a ruse?” Trump, Jr. wondered, noting that some pro-Brexit lawmakers in the U.K. have suggested “that Mrs. May herself is trying to sabotage Brexit, by insisting that Parliament agree to a deal that essentially keeps Britain bound to the E.U. indefinitely.”
The Times noted that “It is unclear what expertise Mr. Trump has in British and European politics and government, or whether Britons care about what he has to say.”