Wednesday 21 November 2018

Boris Johnson has 'got what it takes' to be Prime Minister - Trump

US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania are welcomed by Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip May at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, UK. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania are welcomed by Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip May at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, UK. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
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Mr Trump's views, aired in an interview with The Sun newspaper, come as he is due to meet the current occupant of Number 10 Theresa May at her Chequers residence on Friday.

The president has previously spoken of his admiration for the former foreign secretary and mayor of London.

Before flying to the Nato summit in Brussels, he told reporters: "He has been very, very nice to me, very supportive. Maybe we'll speak to him when I get over there.

"I like Boris Johnson. I've always liked him."

Demonstrators gather in Westminster, London, as part of the protests against the visit of US President Donald Trump to the UK. Photo: Victoria Jones/PA Wire
Demonstrators gather in Westminster, London, as part of the protests against the visit of US President Donald Trump to the UK. Photo: Victoria Jones/PA Wire
US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania are welcomed by Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip May at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, UK. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump step off Air Force One as they arrive at London's Stansted Airport, Thursday, July 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Protestors outside the entrance to Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, ahead of the dinner hosted by Prime Minister Theresa May for US President Donald Trump, as part of his visit to the UK. Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania are welcomed by Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip May at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Demonstrators gather in Westminster, London Victoria Jones/PA Wire
Protesters outside the entrance to Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, ahead of the dinner hosted by Prime Minister Theresa May for US President Donald Trump Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
British Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip stand together with U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at the entrance to Blenheim Palace REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Protests against the visit of Donald Trump to Britain. Photo: Getty Images
US President Donald Trump, British Prime Minister Theresa May, US First Lady Melania Trump and Philip May watch the bands of the Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards perform a ceremonial welcome ahead of a black-tie dinner at Blenheim Palace last night. Photo: Getty Images
U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive at Stansted Airport on July 12, 2018 in Essex, England
U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. First Lady Melania Trump attend the evening reception and dinner at the 2018 NATO Summit on July 11, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium
U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. First Lady Melania Trump attend the evening reception and dinner at the 2018 NATO Summit on July 11, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium
US President Donald Trump (L) holds hands with US First Lady Melania Trump (R) as they walk ahead of a working dinner at The Parc du Cinquantenaire - Jubelpark Park in Brussels on July 11, 2018, during the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit. / AFP PHOTO / Denis CharletDENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images
US President Donald Trump (L) holds hands with US First Lady Melania Trump (R) as they wait with other leaders before a group photograph ahead of a working dinner at The Parc du Cinquantenaire - Jubelpark Park in Brussels on July 11, 2018, during the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit. / AFP PHOTO / Denis CharletDENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images
US President Donald Trump (R) and US First Lady Melania Trump (L) disembark Air Force One at Stansted Airport, north of London on July 12, 2018

Mr Trump went further in his Sun interview, saying: "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.

"I am just saying I think he would be a great Prime Minister. I think he's got what it takes."

The pair have not always seen eye-to-eye, however.

US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania are welcomed by Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip May at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania are welcomed by Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip May at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

In 2015, Mr Trump claimed parts of London were so radicalised that "police are afraid for their own lives".

Mr Johnson said the claim was "simply ridiculous", adding: "I would welcome the opportunity to show Mr Trump first hand some of the excellent work our police officers do every day in local neighbourhoods throughout our city.

"Crime has been falling steadily in both London and New York and the only reason I wouldn't go to some parts of New York is the real risk of meeting Donald Trump."

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