Donald Trump has admitted he ‘feels bad’ for Theresa May despite repeatedly criticising her over Brexit.
The US President – who will visit London before Mrs May officially steps down on June 7 – paid tribute to the departing prime minister at the White House.
Despite taking previously aim at Mrs May for her handling of Brexit, he told reporters: ‘I feel badly for Theresa. I like her very much. She’s a good woman.
‘She worked very hard. She’s very strong. She decided to do something that some people were surprised at, some people weren’t.
‘I know it’s for the good of her country but I like her very much. In fact, I’ll be seeing her in two weeks.’
The president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker described Mrs May as ‘a woman of courage’ and said he viewed her resignation ‘without personal joy’.
Nigel Farage said Mrs May’s downfall was due to her ‘misjudging the mood’ of the British public.
The Brexit Party leader tweeted: ‘It is difficult not to feel for Mrs May, but politically she misjudged the mood of the country and her party.’
Malta’s prime minister Joseph Muscat has previously paid tribute to his British counterpart, telling reporters ‘he could ‘think of very few people who, in such circumstances, has been as resilient as her.’
Earlier this year, he told MPs in Valletta: ‘I have full trust in Theresa May. She’ll take care of the Maltese in Britain.
‘She’s very reliable. There was never a situation where she promised something she couldn’t deliver.’
Mrs May confirmed her resignation in an emotional speech on the steps of 10 Downing Street earlier on Friday.
Her voice breaking with emotion, a tearful Prime Minister said: ‘I will shortly leave the job that it has been the honour of my life to hold.’
As her speech drew to a close, Mrs May started to cry with her voice visibly cracking.
She concluded: ‘The second female prime minister, but certainly not the last.
‘I do so with no ill will, but with enormous and enduring gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the country I love.’