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WATCH: New Trump spokesman says there will '100%' be a trade deal with UK

WATCH: New Trump spokesman says there will '100%' be a trade deal with UK

John Ashmore

2 min read

President Trump's new communications director has said he is "100%" sure there will be a trade deal between the US and the UK.


International Trade Secretary Liam Fox has been in the US this week to begin groundwork on a possible agreement, although formal negotiations cannot begin until the UK leaves the EU.

Mr Trump himself tweeted on Tuesday that his administration was working on a deal that "could be very big and exciting". 

Yesterday his new spokesman Anthony Scaramucci, who has replaced the much-derided Sean Spicer, was positive about the potential for a deal. 

Asked whether a deal was in the offing, he told the BBC's Newsnight "100%, [he] loves the UK - don't you want a trade deal for your great country?".

'NO IDEA' ABOUT CHICKEN

At the same time he admitted he had "no idea" about whether the UK would begin to import chlorine-washed US poultry after Brexit.

The issue has been a point of contention in the Government, with Dr Fox insisting there was "no public safety issue" over chicken imports, only for Environment Secretary Michael Gove to then rule out allowing chlorine-washed meat into the UK. 

Asked about the US government's stance, Mr Scaramucci said: "Here's the very good news about me...I have no idea what's going on with the chlorine-rinsed chicken, so even to pretend and make something up to you, I'm just not going to do that.

"But if you want to interview me in a week or two I'll figure out what's going on with chlorine-rinsed chicken, I bet you I'll have a clever answer for you."

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