World Trump: Boris Johnson would 'make a great prime minister'

08:08  13 july  2018
08:08  13 july  2018 Source:   thehill.com

Comment: Nasty one day, nice the next: Donald Trump woos Theresa May after bashing Brexit

  Comment: Nasty one day, nice the next: Donald Trump woos Theresa May after bashing Brexit Donald Trump smothered the British PM with praise on Friday, but also doubled down on his claim her political nemesis Boris Johnson would make a great prime minister. But he also smothered May with effusive praise, and walked back on his criticism of her approach to Brexit, in an attempt to patch the diplomatic rift caused by his earlier comments.Many political commentators including the Telegraph’s Gordon Rayner said Trump had humiliated May on Thursday. © AP Donald Trump and Theresa May walk out together to begin their joint news conference.

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President Trump says United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson would make a "great prime minister" in an interview published Thursday, a shocking remark that comes as Trump visits the U.K. and current Prime Minister Theresa May

In an interview with The Sun, a U.K. tabloid owned by conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch, Trump insisted that he was not "pitting" Johnson against May, with whom he is scheduled to have lunch on Friday.

Donald Trump says it's 'fake news' that he criticised Theresa May's Brexit plans

  Donald Trump says it's 'fake news' that he criticised Theresa May's Brexit plans US President accuses the UK media of "fake news" following an interview in which he criticised Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plans. "I didn't criticise the PM," Trump said at a press conference at the prime minister's official retreat in Chequers on Friday afternoon.

But Trump also said that Johnson "obviously likes" him and that he has "a lot of respect" for the former London mayor, who resigned as foreign secretary this week amid deep-seated differences with May over her strategy for the U.K.'s exit from the European Union.

"I was very saddened to see he was leaving government and I hope he goes back in at some point. I think he is a great representative for your country," Trump said.

Former UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.© Leon Neal/Getty Images Former UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. Asked if he thought that Johnson could one day ascend to the role of prime minister, Trump said "Well, I am not pitting one against the other. I am just saying I think he would be a great prime minister. I think he's got what it takes."

Trump's comment amounted to an extraordinary vote of confidence for Johnson at a time of deep vulnerability for May and her government.

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  British Conservative Party vice chairs Ben Bradley and Maria Caulfield resign over Brexit Another two Conservative MPs have just resigned from their roles over Theresa May's plans for Brexit. In a letter to the prime minister, Caulfield warned that the results of the Brexit proposal agreed by the Cabinet on Friday would be a loss of support for the Conservative Party and "Prime Minister Corbyn [Labour Party leader.

In his resignation letter, Johnson railed against May's strategy, warning that the U.K. is "truly headed for the status of colony."

The U.K. revealed the long-awaited white paper this detailing its plan for a long-term relationship with the E.U. The U.K. is officially set to leave the 28-country union by March 2019.

In his interview with The Sun, Trump was also deeply critical of May's approach to Brexit. He said that the prime minister's plan would likely "kill" the potential for a trade deal with the U.S. and boasted that he had told May how to negotiate an exit plan for the U.K.

"She didn't agree, she didn't listen to me," he told the tabloid.

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