Donald Trump might be on a long-awaited visit with British Prime Minister Theresa May this week, but he’s not about to hold back his views and worry about causing offence.
The US President has revealed in an extraordinary exclusive interview with The Sun that he thinks former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson would make a “great prime minister” – describing him as “a very talented guy” and adding: “I like him a lot.”
Trump admitted he was “saddened” to see Johnson had resigned from government recently and admitted while he didn’t want to pit him against May, he hopes he’ll return and make a bid for the prime minister position in the near future.
Johnson sensationally quit on Monday after telling May the Brexit “dream was dying”, before expressing his fears that the UK could be reduced to a “colony” status.
And Trump’s comments came as part of a wider damning interview aimed at May’s Brexit plans, which aired at the same time as he sat down with May for a long-awaited meeting at Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.
Trump accused the British political leader of “killing” chances of a US trade deal by ignoring his advice on Brexit and taking her own, ‘softer’ approach.
According to the publication, he warned May that if she were to attempt to keep close ties to the EU, it could potentially make a lucrative US trade deal unlikely.
“If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the UK, so it will probably kill the deal,” he told the news outlet.
Johnson isn’t the only politician to have quit over May’s Brexit plans, as ministers David Davis and Steve Baker also quit the government in protest.
“I told Theresa May how to do it but she didn’t agree, she didn’t listen to me… Deals that take too long are never good ones,” he added. “If you look, she probably went the opposite way.”
Arriving in the country just hours ago, the President’s visit to the UK hasn’t come with a lot of support from residents who have planned protests throughout his trip, already gathering outside the US ambassador’s residence in London where the couple are staying for the night.
He is due to meet the Queen at Windsor Castle following his talks with May, before flying to Scotland for a two-day private visit and break before jetting back to the US.