DONALD TRUMP has praised Boris Johnson as a British version of himself following his victory in the Tory leadership campaign.
The US president said a ‘really good man is going to be the prime minister of the UK now — Boris Johnson’. He added: ‘Good man. He’s tough and he’s smart. They call him Britain Trump.’
Mr Trump, who was addressing a summit of right-wing students in Washington DC said: ‘They like me over there. That’s what they wanted. That’s want they need. He’ll get it done. Boris is good. He’s going to do a good job.’
Reacting to the comments, new Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson tweeted: ‘Boris Johnson is basically what you’d get if you sent Donald Trump to Eton.’
Earlier in the day, Mr Trump warmly welcomed Mr Johnson. ‘Congratulations to Boris Johnson on becoming the new prime minister of the United Kingdom. He will be great!’ he wrote. And a few days ago he said: ‘I like Boris Johnson. I always have. He’s a different kind of a guy but they say I’m a different kind of a guy too.’
Mr Johnson, who is eager to foster ties in anticipation of a trade deal, will no doubt hope Mr Trump does not dwell on times when their relationship was not quite so ‘special’.
In 2015, as London Mayor, he lashed out as the then-presidential hopeful called for a ban on Muslims entering the US. He said: ‘When Donald Trump says there are parts of London that are no-go areas, I think he is betraying a quite stupefying ignorance that makes him frankly unfit to hold the office of the president of the United States.’
He added that he would invite him to tour London ‘except that I wouldn’t want to expose Londoners to any unnecessary risk of meeting Donald Trump’.
In 2016, Mr Johnson described being mistaken for his fellow blond in New York as ‘one of the worst moments’.
But he has since changed his tack. As foreign secretary in 2016 he told Europeans to cease their ‘collective whinge-o-rama’ over Mr Trump’s triumph.
And in the leadership campaign Mr Johnson hailed the president’s ‘many, many good qualities’.
United Kingston, Ivanka? Is it near Whales?
IVANKA TRUMP has been ridiculed on social media for congratulating Boris Johnson on becoming the next prime minister of the ‘United Kingston’.
The tweet from Donald Trump’s daughter (pictured) was up for around half an hour before it was deleted and replaced with the correct spelling, giving Twitter users plenty of time to poke fun.
Following a tweet by the US president about him meeting the ‘Prince of Whales’, one Twitter user wrote: ‘No Whales isn’t in England. It’s part of the United Kingston.’
Previous Donald Trump gaffes have included a late-night tweet about ‘press covfefe’ and a post about looking for ‘lasting peach’ in Israel.