A Labour victory in the general election would “damage the special relationship” and would see a “chilling” in the links between Britain and America, a key ally of Donald Trump has said.
The party’s leader Jeremy Corbyn also lacked “commonsense” for his outspoken attack on the US President in a major speech on defence last week, Phil Bryant, the Governor of Mississippi said.
The remarks from one of only a handful of elected Republicans to support Mr Trump’s election campaign last year are the first time a Trump ally has criticised Mr Corbyn directly in the election campaign.
Last week Mr Corbyn, who could be Prime Minister in three weeks’ time, went out of his way to criticise Mr Trump and Britain’s decades-old special relationship with the US.
He told the Chatham House thinktank: “Britain deserves better than simply outsourcing our country’s security and prosperity to the whims of the Trump White House. So no more hand holding with Donald Trump.”
He added: “Waiting to see which way the wind blows in Washington isn’t s.trong leadership. And pandering to an erratic Trump administration will not deliver stability.”
Governor Phil Bryant (centre)
However in an interview with Chopper’s Election Podcast, which is broadcast on Friday morning, Mr Bryant, hit back, saying the remarks were “disappointing”.
Mr Bryant told The Telegraph: “If he were to be the leader of Great Britain – now how would he reach out to the president of the United States? What type of relationship do you then have?
“This man does not have a whole lot of commonsense if he thinks that attacking the president of the united states is going to be beneficial to him.”
Mr Bryant, who was on a private visit to the UK to strengthen trade ties with Mississippi, is described by aides as a close but informal adviser to Mr Trump.
He was last in the White House six weeks ago and is said to speak weekly with vice President Mike Pence.
Asked if the comments “damaged the special relationship”, he replied: “Of course it would. The United States is reaching out – the President and the leader of China are working together, the President even said he might be willing to meet the leader of North Korea.
“You have to be open to discussion. You can disagree without being disagreeable… You do that when you are desperate.”
Mr Bryant said that a Corbyn victory in the election on June 8 could damage America’s defence commitment to UK.
US President Donald Trump
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He said: “I think you would see a chilling of relationships between Great Britain – not only on the Government level but business to business but on the defence level. Great Britain needs support with defence – this is still a very dangerous world.”
Turning to immigration policies, Mr Bryant warned that Britain risked becoming “a country within a country” if immigrants were not encouraged more to adopt British values.
He said: “I think at some point Great Britain is going to have to face the reality how many people come into Great Britain that do not have the same values and beliefs and will not adhere to any cultural standards and bring them own with them and try to establish a country within a country.
“If you look at the number of immigrants coming into the UK just now and how they are not appear to be assimilating into the western culture – how does that affect the UK in the next 20 years.”
He conceded that leaving the EU should give Britain more control over its borders adding: “If you are a sovereign nation and you can’t control your border you will be neither for very long.”
Mr Bryant was upbeat about Britain’s trading prospects after leaving the European Union and suggested that the USA might become an associate member of the Commonwealth to strengthen trade ties.
On his visit to the UK Mr Bryant attended a lunch in his honour at the Guildhall in the City of London and met with senior civil servants in the Government.
You can listen to the full interview on Chopper’s Election Podcast from 6am on Friday at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/video/choppers- brexit-podcast/