Video: Trump dismissal of recording of himself as fake news only underlines May’s trouble

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Donald Trump’s flexible relationship with reality continued today during a joint press conference with Theresa May.

Asked about his ‘change of tune’ about Theresa May’s lack of competence over Brexit and his opinion that her new approach would ‘kill’ any prospect of a US-UK trade deal, he dismissed it as ‘fake news’ – even though he was recorded saying it:

Trump even went on to tell the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg that he could prove it was fake news because he had recorded the interview. Ironically, all his blatant lie did was draw attention again to his original comments and how damning they were.

Of course, Trump has his own agenda – but his dismissal, justified or not, of May’s Chequers plan and his assertion that it would end any prospect of a deal with the US, will only strengthen the hand of the hard-right Tory parliamentary fringe that is already planning to bring her and possibly her government down next week by rebelling during key Brexit votes in the Commons.

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