Trump talks up Boris Johnson as next British prime minister
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 02, 2019,
Jun 02, 2019, 12:44
May will formally step down as Conservative Party leader on June 7 after all her withdrawal agreements were disagreed by her Cabinet members, forcing her to resign from office.
Separately, he mentioned Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage, who Trump claimed should be at the helm of talks related to the UK's withdrawal from the EU. Speaking at her final summit as Tory leader Mrs May said the results were "deeply disappointing" for the Tories and showed "the importance of actually delivering on Brexit".
Sterling was at $1.2636, not far from its lowest level since January. "I know the different players", Mr. Trump said about the prime minister race in an interview with the British tabloid the Sun.
Trump, his wife Melania and four of his adult children will land in the United Kingdom on Monday for a state visit.
In an unprecedented intervention, Mr Trump said he also liked Jeremy Hunt, who is among those vying for the top job, but appeared to criticise Environment Secretary Michael Gove.
The president also criticized May for playing a weak hand in her Brexit negotiations.
When asked if Boris's affairs would affect his chances at nabbing the keys to No10, Mr Trump - who allegedly had an affair with pornstar Stormy Daniels in 2006 - said it wasn't as taboo as it had been 50 years ago, or even 20 years ago.
I do not really approve of Trump being given the red carpet treatment because he will say something which will be controversial and which will cause the government some embarrassment. They won't bring him in. "They just haven't figured that out yet", Trump noted.
Asked about reports that Britain is planning to give the firm a limited role, Trump told the Sunday Times newspaper: "Well, you have other alternatives and we have to be very careful from the standpoint of national security".
Mr Trump arrives in Britain tomorrow for a three-day state visit at the invitation of Queen Elizabeth before attending World War II commemorations in France and visiting Ireland.
Mr Trump added that if he was in charge, he would not pay the European Union divorce bill, and he claimed it is not too late to "sue" the European Union to give Britain greater "ammunition" in the talks.