James Caan, a former Dragons’ Den investor, heaped on the praise for the Republican billionaire on The Pledge on Thursday as he described President Trump as “a breath of fresh air”.
Hitting back at criticism against President Trump for his ‘America first’ policy, Caan insisted the United States sorely needed a leader who would prioritise his own nation above all others.
He said: “I know all the controversy around Trump and I get all of that.
“But actually I take a step back and I say ‘you know what? I like the fact that somebody is becoming the leader of that country and his focus is that country’.
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James Caan hailed Donald Trump for putting America first on The Pledge
“His comments resonate because he says ‘look you know we worry about other people’s borders but we don’t worry about our own. We worry about other people’s job but we don’t worry about our own’.”
Continuing the fierce defence of Donald Trump, who is set to meet with Theresa May on Friday, Caan snapped he was tired of people interfering in other countries, instead of sorting out their own domestic issues.
The Pledge host said: “And actually I’m fed up with countries wasting billions of pounds interfering with other people’s issues, other people’s problems when their own issues on their own front door aren’t working.
“So whether it’s education, jobs etc. So to me it’s a breath of reach air when somebody says ‘I’m going to put you first. We need to get our house in order before we start wasting money on other people’s issues’.”
I like that somebody is becoming leader of that country and his focus is that country
Caan’s rant comes as President Trump has pledged to thrash out a Brexit deal with Mrs May himself because his commerce secretary has not been approved yet.
The PM is set to meet with the businessman on Washington and on Sunday Mrs May hinted she could discuss reducing trade barriers before the EU exit.
Speaking to the BBC’s Andrew Marr show, the PM added the White House meeting would allow them to discuss the future trade.
Mrs May said: “We can look at areas even in advance of being able to sign a formal trade deal. Perhaps we could look at barriers to trade at the moment and remove some of those barriers to open up that new trading relationship.”
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She said: “There will be many issues for us to talk about because obviously, the special relationship between the UK and the US has been strong for many years.
“What I think is important is that when I sit down with Donald Trump, I’m going to be able to talk about how we can build on that special relationship.
“He has already said to me he wants to see a very strong relationship between the UK and the US going into the future.”
As Mrs May prepares for her first meeting with the Republican President, Nigel Farage warned that the PM may come unstuck if she decides not to sign a trade deal because of strict rules from the European Union.