‘I’d pay £100,000 NOT to hear her talk’: Donald Trump was astonished when he heard how much former Prime Minister Theresa May earns from corporate speeches, says Piers Morgan
- Donald Trump was shocked when told Theresa May earns money for speeches
- Trump was stunned to find she made more than £1m since leaving office
- The former president learned about the payments from journalist Piers Morgan
- Trump and Mrs May had an extremely strained relationship while in office
Donald Trump once said he would pay £100,000 not to hear Theresa May speak after learning what she was paid to make corporate appearances, Piers Morgan has claimed.
The broadcaster said the former US president was shocked at hearing that she was paid more than £100,000 on the lecture circuit.
‘When I informed Donald Trump just before the last US election that Mrs May gets paid more than £100,000 a pop for speeches, he exploded into mocking laughter and spluttered: “Are you kidding me? I’d pay £100,000 not to hear her talk!”’ Morgan wrote in The Spectator.
Theresa May and Donald Trump, pictured in Washington DC on January 27, 2017, had a strained relationship while in office
Journalist Piers Morgan told Mr Trump, right, about Mrs May’s lucrative speaking career
Mr Morgan added that the ex-US president was ‘bemused’ that the former prime minister had ‘raked in’ more than £1million for corporate speeches since leaving office.
Mr Trump and Mrs May had an at times strained relationship while they were in office, clashing over the Brexit deal and failing to establish a rapport.
The former president said he advised Mrs May on Brexit but she ignored him.
When Boris Johnson was elected, Mr Trump was far more enthusiastic, describing him as ‘Britain’s Trump’.
Mr Johnson has since had to patch up relations with Joe Biden’s new administration partly because he was seen as being close to Mr Trump.
The former PM receives £85,000 a year since December 4, 2019 from the Washington Speakers Bureau.
Also she also received £160,370 from JP Morgan Chase for a three hour speech which is yet to take place.