US election POLL: Would a Trump or Biden victory be better for Brexit?

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President Donald Trump has previously voiced his concern over a US and UK trade deal, warning it “could not be done” under the Prime Minister’s Withdrawal Agreement. But Mr Trump has continually shown his support for Mr Johnson, even before he took over from predecessor Theresa May. This is in contrast with Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden, who has not shared his views on Mr Johnson.

Ivan Rogers, the former British ambassador to the EU, said Mr Johnson was “quite Trumpite in method”.

He told The Guardian: “He was always fascinated by Trump and his strategy to take the other side by surprise and destabilise it.”

However, Brett McGurk, the US diplomat who led the fight against Islamic State, added this might cause the pair to clash.

He said: “No diplomat in the Trump administration can speak with authority across the table with a counterpart, whether a friend, adversary, competitor, because there is no real policy.

“There is no real policy and the president just shifts on a dime and everybody knows it.

“And that makes the basic blocking and tackling – the fundamentals of diplomacy – very hard.”

Meanwhile, Mr Biden, who is a proud Irish-American Catholic, may be a hindrance to Mr Johnson over Brexit.

Last month, the former vice-president said that “any trade deal between the US and UK must be contingent upon respect for the agreement and preventing the return of a hard border”.

This may prove to be an obstacle for Mr Johnson as the Irish border has been a contentious issue throughout the negotiations.

The Democrats have also hinted they want to work more closely with Germany if they win, due to its influence in the EU and Ireland.

Former US ambassador Kim Darroch told The Guardian: “One of Biden’s priorities will be to repair the relationship with Europe.

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“That will give us less clout.”

However, Mr Trump appears to be more in favour of Mr Johnson than building a relationship with the EU.

He threw his support behind him before he was elected as Conservative leader and since.

In a June 2019 interview with The Sun, during the Tory leadership race, Mr Trump said: “I actually have studied it very hard.

“I know the different players. But I think Boris would do a very good job. I think he would be excellent. I like him. I have always liked him.

“I don’t know that he is going to be chosen but I think he is a very good guy, a very talented person.”

Later in August 2019, he said it “would be very hard for Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain’s Labour Party, to seek a no-confidence vote against New Prime Minister Boris Johnson, especially in light of the fact that Boris is exactly what the U.K. has been looking for”.

But Mr Trump was still critical of the UK’s approach to Brexit.

He told LBC in the lead-up to the December 2019 general election: “We want to do trade with UK and they want to do trade with us.

He said: “To be honest with you… this deal… under certain aspects of the (Brexit) deal… you can’t do it, you can’t do it, you can’t trade.

“We can’t make a trade deal with the UK because I think we can do many times the numbers that we’re doing right now and certainly much bigger numbers than you are doing under the European Union.”

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