John Bolton met with the Prime Minister and other senior members of Cabinet to discuss Britain’s security ties with the US and to lay the groundwork for a post-Brexit trade deal with the UK. During the meeting on Monday, Mr Bolton is believed to have shed some light on President Donald Trump’s “resentment” toward the European Union as he committed the US to a quick deal. Channel 4 Lindsey Hilsum, who attended a briefing following the meetings, said: “What he did make clear is the Trump Administration has a real dislike, resentment of the European Union.
“When asked why they were so enthusiastic, Bolton said, ‘because it’s to do with democracy. The people took a vote and there’s a fashion.
“‘In the European Union, when the people vote against what the elite want them to do, the peasants must vote again and again and again until they get the answer right.’
“That was extremely scathing about the European Union, which is supposed to be a partner of the United States.”
Ms Hilsum claimed the supportive stance the Trump Administration adopted signalled the US President is seeking to “separate their policy” from warnings Barack Obama had issued before the Brexit referendum.
She continued: “The real message from this was, ‘we support Brexit.’ President Trump sees Brexit as a priority, above anything else in relations to the UK.
“He said that the priority would be to do a trade deal, and they would do it sector by sector if necessary. He said, ‘if the decision of the British Government is to leave without a deal, we will support that enthusiastically.’
“One of the things they are trying to do is separate their policy from Obama. Obama said before the Brexit vote that Britain would go to the back of the queue. No, said John Bolton.”
She added: “Britain will be at the front of the queue, ‘we will do everything we can.’ But he is not a trade person, he is the National Security Adviser so he didn’t have much detail on how that would happen.”
Once Britain is out of the bloc on Halloween, the Government will be able to pursue a larger US-UK free trade agreement, currently being blocked by the EU’ refusal to open the withdrawal agreement and Theresa May being granted a third delay after March 29 and April 12.
Mr Bolton said the US is ready to cushion Britain from potential Brexit aftershocks with a colossal agreement currently being negotiated between US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and his British counterpart, Trade Secretary Liz Truss.
Mr Trump said he and Boris Johnson are “already working on” a record-breaking new deal in preparation for Britain’s withdrawal from the EU.
The US President told the press in July: “We’re working already on a trade agreement and I think it’ll be a very substantial trade agreement, you know we can do with the UK, we can do three to four times.
“We were actually impeded by their relationship with the European Union. We were very much impeded on trade.
“And I think we can do three to four or five times what we’re doing.”
He added: “We don’t do the kind of trade we could do with what some people say is Great Britain and some people remember a word you don’t hear too much is the word England – which is a piece of it.
“But with the UK we could do much much more trade. And we expect to do that okay.”