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Trump reverses course in UK, Pentagon calls Europe trying to minimize president's damage

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U.S. President Donald Trump affirmed his commitment to striking a trade deal with the U.K. ater earlier comments in which he criticized Prime Minister Theresa May’s approach to Brexit and said her plan would “kill” the chances of such a deal.

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At a joint news conference Friday, May said she and Trump had agreed to pursue an “ambitious” trade deal between the two nations that “works for both countries right across the economies.”

Trump also said he was open to pursuing a deal once the U.K. leaves the European Union. In a reversal from the previous day, he signaled an openness to Mrs. May’s approach to Brexit.

“I don’t know what you’re going to do, but whatever you do is OK with me,” he said. “That’s your decision.” He said the relationship between the two countries has “never been stronger.”

Hours after President Donald Trump departed NATO headquarters Thursday, U.S. military leaders embarked on a full-scale “damage control” operation with calls to their counterparts across Europe.

The overall message from senior military officials in a series of phone calls to members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization has been that U.S. military bases in their countries will remain open and American troop levels in the region will not be reduced.

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