US ambassador leaves door open to Trump meeting with Johnson

Virginia Carson
July 14, 2018

Trump also said he might speak to former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who quit along with Brexit minister David Davis over May's plans for a business-friendly Brexit which was only agreed by her cabinet last Friday after two years of wrangling.

The ambassador said that while a meeting was not now on Mr Trump's itinerary "the President makes his own schedule", the day after the American leader said he may make time to meet his "friend" the former foreign secretary.

Asked about the balloon, Johnson said: "It's really kind of irrelevant to what we're trying to do and it certainly doesn't express the point of view of the British people I've met". Maybe we'll speak to him when I get over there.

Trump, who said he has not spoken with May since the resignations, described Johnson as a "friend of mine" and said he might speak with him during the trip.

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"The prime minister has a good relationship with the president".

I like Boris Johnson.

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"I actually told Theresa May how to do [Brexit], but she didn't listen to me", Trump said in the Sun interview, and then mused that May's Conservative Party rival, Boris Johnson, "would be a great prime minister".

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"She was the first foreign dignitary to visit the US when he became president". Anti-Trump protesters are expected to take to the streets of London during his visit to Britain.

At a press conference later in the grounds of the PM's country residence, Mr Trump insisted he "didn't criticise" the Prime Minister and hit out at "fake news".

He also described the United Kingdom as "in somewhat turmoil", and said Mrs May's future as Prime Minister was "up to the people, not up to me".

"Donald Thump!" read the tabloid's front-page headline after the president told reporters that Britain was "in somewhat turmoil" and that the summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin may be the "easiest" part of his European trip.

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