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Sunday 22 September 2019

'President a great global brand' - Boris

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson . Photo: Chris J Ratcliffe/PA
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson . Photo: Chris J Ratcliffe/PA

Ben Riley-Smith London

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has praised Donald Trump's tweeting and called him one of the "great global brands" in a supportive interview on American television.

Mr Johnson told Fox News that Mr Trump was penetrating the "global consciousness" more than many previous presidents.

Mr Johnson said that while some were frustrated with Mr Trump's "rambunctious" tweeting, it was an effective method of communication.

Mr Trump has the approval of just one-in-three Americans and is dogged by party splits and an investigation into his campaign's Russia links.

Mr Johnson's remarks follow a deliberate attempt by the British government to get close to Mr Trump early in his presidency in an attempt to influence his decision-making.

UK prime minister Theresa May became the first foreign leader to visit Mr Trump after his inauguration in January, while Mr Johnson publicly knocked back European critics of the US president around the same time.

Appearing on 'Fox & Friends' during a trip to Washington DC, Mr Johnson gave a positive account of Mr Trump's record in office. He said: "You've got to realise that the American president is just one of the huge, great global brands, and he is penetrating corners of the global consciousness that I think few other presidents have ever done. His method of tweeting early in the morning, no matter how rambunctious those tweets may be, they are communicating with people. And yes, a lot of people don't like it but a lot of people relate to it."

The remarks come with Mr Johnson facing controversy at home over comments about Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian woman serving a five-year jail term in Iran.

Mr Johnson said Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been "simply teaching people journalism" when she was arrested - contradicting her own account of being on holiday.

The comment has been pounced on by Iranian figures as proof of what Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe was really doing in the country.

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