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Britain in turmoil, claims Trump

DONALD TRUMP has lobbed a grenade into Theresa May’s attempts to stabilise her government by describing the UK as a country in ‘turmoil’.

The US president also said the future of the prime minister is ‘up to the people’ and heaped praise on ex-foreign secretary Boris Johnson who quit on Monday and is now seen as a potential rival for the Tory leadership.

Mr Trump said: ‘Boris Johnson’s a friend of mine. He’s been very, very nice to me. Very supportive.

‘And maybe we’ll speak to him when I get over there. I like Boris Johnson. I’ve always liked him.’

After leaving Britain, Mr Trump will fly to Finland for a meeting with Vladimir Putin on Monday.

Mr Trump said he had a ‘very good relationship’ with Mrs May but suggested his meeting with the Russian leader ‘may be the easiest of all’.

No.10 said it was ‘a positive for the UK’ that Mr Trump and Mr Johnson had a good relationship and the new foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt is ‘looking forward to forging his own’.