Donald Trump has said the UK will “probably not” get a trade deal with the US, if the prime minister’s Brexit plan goes ahead.
He said the PM’s plan would “probably kill the deal” as it would mean the US “would be dealing with the European Union” instead of with the UK.
Theresa May has been making the case for a US free trade deal with Mr Trump, on his first UK visit as president.
She said Brexit was an “opportunity” to create growth in the UK and US.
Mr Trump and the first lady were given a red carpet reception at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire on Thursday evening.
He was at a black-tie dinner with Mrs May.
Mr Trump said that the UK’s blueprint for its post-Brexit relations with the EU was “a much different deal than the people voted on”.
On the subject of a future trade deal, he said the Chequers deal would mean it would be “most likely … we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the UK, so it will probably kill the deal”.