Jun 2, 2019

Trump: U.K. should ready for no-deal Brexit and send Farage to EU talks

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage and President Trump. Photo: Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

Britain should send Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage to European Union negotiations because he's "very smart" and leave the EU without a deal if it doesn't get what it wants, President Trump told the Sunday Times.

What he's saying: Trump told the newspaper ahead of his U.K. visit he wouldn't pay the 39 billion-pound ($49 billion) cost to leave the EU, outlined in the current agreement, saying "it's a big number." "If you don't get the deal you want, if you don't get a fair deal, then you walk away," he said.

The big picture: Trump is due to meet on Tuesday with British business leaders and U.K. Prime Minister Theresa Ma. It'll be her last week in office after she resigned as PM amid the escalating Brexit crisis. Trump on Friday expressed support for former U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

Go deeper: Trump's state visit to the U.K. could get awkward

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 5 p.m. ET: 6,804,044 — Total deaths: 362,678 — Total recoveries — 2,788,806Map.
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George Floyd updates

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Thousands of demonstrators are gathering in cities across the U.S. and around the world to protest the killing of George Floyd. Huge crowds have assembled in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Chicago for full-day events.

Why it matters: Twelve days of nationwide protest in the U.S. has built pressure for states to make new changes on what kind of force law enforcement can use on civilians and prompted officials to review police conduct.

Why the coronavirus pandemic is hitting minorities harder

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The coronavirus’ disproportionate impact on black and Latino communities has become a defining part of the pandemic.

The big picture: That's a result of myriad longstanding inequities within the health care system and the American economy.