DONALD TRUMP would sign a trade deal ‘overnight’ if the UK agreed to a ‘free, open border’ with the US, says his former chief economic adviser.
Free trade advocate Gary Cohn, who resigned after Mr Trump imposed high steel import tariffs to protect US industry, said his old boss would welcome a deal with Britain despite his America First policy.
‘The president has always said free, fair, open, reciprocal — that should get you a deal overnight,’ said the former Goldman Sachs boss.
Mr Cohn added Britain shouldn’t be afraid of a no-deal Brexit — as long as it prepares properly — because anything would be better than the current deadlock.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, Mr Trump’s aide from 2017 to last year said: ‘Any forward progress at this point is good. And if it’s hard, soft, it has to be solved.’
He added: ‘Countries are more resilient than people think and, if you end up at the hard Brexit and say, “We’re out, no deal, we’ll be out on this day”, things will tend to happen, things will fall into place.’