The PM confronted the EU chief during a meeting in Brussels over his explosive comment that there is “a special place in hell” for Leave campaign bosses who had not planned.
No10 sources revealed the joust with Mr Tusk was “by far” the testiest of the three meetings with EU bosses.
After it Mrs May said: “I’ve raised the language that he used, which was not helpful and caused widespread dismay”.
But the former Polish premier hit back to insist he had stuck to his guns.
An EU official said: “He remains of the view that while the truth may be more painful, it is always more useful”.
Mrs May also didn’t bring any “new concrete proposals” or “any clear answers on the timeline” with her, the official added.
Mr Tusk himself also tweeted: “No breakthrough in sight. Talks will continue”.
But in a move than angered Downing Street, it emerged that the EU Council president also told Mrs May he preferred Jeremy Corbyn’s rival soft Brexit plan as a batter way of breaking the deadlock.
An EU source added: “Tusk suggested that the Corbyn plan could be a promising way out of the impasse”.
The Labour leader’s five point plan, that includes joining a new customs union, complies the EU’s negotiating guidelines.
But Mrs May hit back at that to insist Mr Corbyn could not be relied on as his new solution had ignited a fresh party civil war and many of his Labour MPs would refuse to vote for it.
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