In a damaging intervention for the prime minister, the US president claimed said that the issue was "tearing the country apart."

"Im surprised at how badly its all gone from the standpoint of the negotiations," Trump told reporters in Washington at a bilateral meeting with Irish premier Leo Varadkar.

"I gave the prime minister my ideas on negotiating I think it could have been negotiated in a different matter," he added.

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