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Trump: Brexit debate is 'tearing the country apart'

President Donald Trump welcomes Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar at the White House in Washington, Thursday, March 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says the ongoing debate in Britain over leaving the European Union is “tearing the country apart.”

Trump says he’s “surprised at how badly” it’s been handled and that he thinks an agreement to leave the EU could have been negotiated better. Trump, who sees himself as a master deal-maker, says he gave advice to British Prime Minister Theresa May but that she didn’t listen to him.

British lawmakers were to decide Thursday whether to seek a delay to Brexit, which is currently scheduled for March 29.

May grudgingly granted the vote after Parliament twice rejected her proposed EU divorce deal

Trump commented as he welcomed Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar to the White House for an early St. Patrick’s Day celebration. The day falls on Sunday.

The Associated Press