The Washington Post - Trump might like Brexit less when he sees what it does to the economy
September 5 at 5:00 AM
President Trump’s support for Britain’s exit from the European Union may be about to collide with his election-year hopes of presiding over a strong economy.
The president has long seen “Brexit” as reflecting the same sort of nationalist impulse that drove his White House upset in 2016.
He has hailed British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who vows to sever ties with Europe on Oct. 31 no matter what, as a kindred populist spirit.
But as British Parliament this week dealt Johnson a stunning four consecutive defeats, the prospect of further delay in leaving the E.U. or a chaotic no-deal divorce spiked.
Continuing instability [in the UK economy] threatens to become a drag on an already troubled global economy. ...
Despite the economic danger, the Trump administration continues to cheer on the long-running Brexit drama.
At the White House on Wednesday, the president praised the embattled British prime minister shortly before his fourth parliamentary humiliation in little more than 24 hours.
“He’s a friend of mine, and he’s going at it; there’s no question about it,” Trump told reporters.
“Boris knows how to win. Don’t worry about him.” ...
Of course the US thinks Brexit is a good thing. The US prefers smaller economies, ones they can bully and get their own way with, last thing the US wanted was for the EU to become a bigger economy than the US.