Trump adviser: UK to get free-trade deal before EU
Dan DiMicco speaks at a conference in New York, in June 2011 | Peter Foley/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Britain will be offered a free-trade deal before the rest of the European Union if the Republicans win the U.S. presidential election, said Dan DiMicco, Donald Trump’s trade adviser.
When asked if the U.S. would do a deal with Britain ahead of the EU, DiMicco said: “Absolutely.”
“First off they are our friends, they have always supported us, and we’ve worked together, and they are leaving the EU in our estimation for the right reasons.
“They have lost control of their economy, the job creation engine, so why shouldn’t we be working with like-minded people before we do a deal with anybody else?”
Both Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton have said they oppose a free-trade deal between the U.S. and the EU, and DiMicco said the whole free-trade system needs an overhaul.
“These are not idle threats,” he told the BBC in an interview, posted today. “Things have gotten so bad that we will leave NAFTA [the North American Free Trade Agreement], WTO [the World Trade Organization] and the Korean Free Trade Agreement if we can’t get a fair deal.”
“And it is something Donald Trump is not going to walk away from. He is committed to it.”
DiMicco said with the present Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) proposals “on hold,” Britain would be at the front of the queue for any future trade deal once it has left the EU.