Donald Trump said he would pay £100,000 not to have to hear Theresa May speak after being informed of her appearance fee, Piers Morgan has claimed.
The former US President is alleged to have burst into fits of laughter after hearing how much the ex-Tory PM makes as a special guest speaker since leaving Number 10.
The Maidenhead MP, who held the top job from 2016 to 2019, is said to have earned £1 million on the corporate lecture circuit over the past two years.
Republican Trump, who was ousted from the White House after just one term by Democrat Joe Biden, is said to have made the remarks to Piers Morgan just before the US election last November.
The former Good Morning Britain host, who stepped down in March after refusing to apologise for comments made on air accusing Meghan Markle of lying during her bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview, made the claims in a column for The Spectator today.
He said: “Is it just me who was bemused to hear that Theresa May has raked in more than £1 million on the corporate lecture circuit since leaving No. 10?
“I once had a 20-minute chat with her at a Spectator party which was so enthralling that by the time I got home, I couldn’t remember anything she’d told me.
“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!’”
Mr Trump, 74, and Ms May, 64, reportedly shared an often difficult relationship while both serving as world leaders, with the former PM admitting she “never knew what to expect” from the controversial billionaire.
“From being offered, sometimes literally, the hand of friendship to hearing him question core tenets of the transatlantic alliance,” she continued during a column in the Daily Mail earlier this year.
“When a British prime minister walks out for a joint press conference with the world’s media unsure if the United States president standing next to her will agree that NATO is a bulwark of our collective defence, you know you are living in extraordinary times.”
The pair bizarrely held hands on a number of occasions, starting in January 2017, when Ms May visited the White House.
However, according to US reports based on accounts from top officials, Mr Trump labelled her a “fool” in regards to her approach to Brexit and other issues.
One source told CNN in June last year he would often become frustrated during phone calls “then he’d get nasty”, leaving the then-PM “flustered and nervous”.
“He clearly intimidated her and meant to,” they added.
Mr Trump also left Ms May off his list of world leaders who he considered to have had perfect relations with.