Donald Trump’s election as US president could be an opportunity for Britain, says Waveney MP Peter Aldous

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Donald Trump as he makes his acceptance speech in New York following his victory to become he 45th president of the United States. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 9, 2016. See PA story POLITICS President. Photo credit should read: Paco Anselmi/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Donald Trump's election as US president could create an opportunity to work with 'Brexit' Britain, Waveney's MP has said.

Waveney MP Peter Aldous.

Waveney MP Peter Aldous. - Credit: Archant

However, Peter Aldous said that while 'with Brexit there may be an opportunity for free trade deals' with the president-elect, he added: 'A lot of what he was saying during the campaign was protectionist in outlook.

'Largely speaking, that isn't good for the world.'

The president-elect's win in the American general election on Tuesday (November 8) has shocked many around the world.

Mr Aldous admitted at today's (Friday, November 11) Lowestoft and Waveney Chamber of Commerce networking breakfast: 'I didn't see it coming.

'Now it's happened, my perspective is we've got to get on with it.'

Former prime minister David Cameron publicly criticised Mr Trump earlier in the year over some of his comments during the Republican primary, many of which were seen as racist.

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However current prime minister Theresa May has not criticised the new US president.

'With Theresa May as prime minister there's a clean slate and we need to build on that,' Mr Aldous said.

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