President Donald Trump said that the United States and UK were moving rapidly towards a deal on trade that would be “fantastic and big.”
“I think we’ll make a fantastic and big trade deal with the UK,” Trump told reporters before departing for a political rally in New Hampshire. “That’s moving along rapidly.”
Trump will meet the new British leader at the G7 in Biarritz, France, later this month, but they have already talked numerous times by phone, the White House says.
He said he had talked to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday and would be speaking with him again. “He and I are very much aligned,” Trump said.
The two countries are discussing a partial accord that could take effect on Nov. 1, the day after Britain is due to leave the European Union, a senior Trump administration official said on Tuesday.
Once Britain leaves the European Union, a giant trading bloc, it will have to strike bilateral deals on free trade with separate countries. Pro-Brexit leaders are relying heavily on the traditionally close relationship with the United States, and Trump has sought to raise expectations.
On Monday, Trump’s foreign policy adviser John Bolton said in London that he wanted to see trade talks “move very quickly” after Brexit.