Published On: Thu, Sep 5th, 2019

Donald Trump news: US President backs Boris Johnson’s Brexit strategy | World | News

MPs yesterday backed the European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill by 328 votes to 299, with the legislation needing to pass through the House of Lords before it can receive Royal assent. In total, Mr Johnson has now lost his first five votes in the House of Commons, including last night’s motion to call a general election – but Mr Trump remained confident, despite his well-known distaste for “losers”.

Don’t worry about him. He’s going to be fine

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The US President told reporters in the Oval Office: “Boris a friend of mine, and he’s going at it, there’s no question about it.

“I watched him this morning. He’s in there fighting.

“Boris knows how to win. He knows how to win.

“Don’t worry about him. He’s going to be fine.”

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Boris Johnson has been staunchly backed by Donald Trump since becoming PM (Image: GETTY)

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Mr Trump speaks to reporters in the Oval Office (Image: YouTube)

Mr Trump was an early and enthusiastic backer of Mr Johnson’s bid to lead the Conservative Party, clearly undeterred by the former London Mayor’s past descriptions of him as being “stupefyingly ignorant” and “clearly out of his mind”.

The pair held discussions during the course of last month’s G7 summit in Biarritz, after which Mr Trump said: “He’s is the right man for the job, I’ve been saying that for a long time.”

Stressing his belief that Mr Johnson “needs no advice” to get a good deal from the EU, he said of the UK: “At some point they won’t have the obstacle, they won’t have the anchor around their ankle because that is what they had.”


Mr Trump followed his praise up with a tweet days later in which he said: “Would be very hard for Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain’s Labour Party, to seek a no-confidence vote against New Prime Minister Boris Johnson, especially in light of the fact that Boris is exactly what the U.K. has been looking for, & will prove to be “a great one!” Love U.K.”

Separately, US Vice President Mike Pence, who is due to arrive in London later today for talks with Mr Johnson, said the US backed Britain’s decision to quit the bloc – while offering the “complexities” of the issue, especially in relation to the Irish border.

Speaking yesterday during his visit to Ireland, which included a meeting with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Mr Pence said: “The United States of America stands with the United Kingdom in its decision to leave the European Union.

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Boris Johnson speaks in Parliament yesterday (Image: GETTY)

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Mr Johnson has so far suffered five defeats in Parliament (Image: GETTY)

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US Vice President Mike Pence with Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (Image: GETTY)

“That was a decision that was made by the people of the United Kingdom in a referendum, now the better part of three years ago.

“I’ll be travelling tonight to London. I’ll be meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and discussing just that.”

Nevertheless, Mr Pence also acknowledged the political pressures the Trump administration faces back in the United States, specifically the powerful Irish lobby which has specific concerns about the border issue.

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A flow chart illustrating the next stages in the Brexit process (Image: Daily Express)

He said: “We recognise this is a complex issue. During our visit to Ireland yesterday we were reminded of the challenges that the Republic of Ireland faces having a contiguous border with the United Kingdom.

“We remember the historic achievements of the Good Friday agreement.”

Mr Trump raised eyebrows during a trip to Ireland in June, in which he referenced his proposal to build a wall along the US border with Mexico during a discussion about Brexit.


Mr Trump is building a wall along the US border with Mexico (Image: GETTY)

He said: “I think it will all work out very well, and also for you with your wall, your border.

“I mean, we have a border situation in the United States, and you have one over here.

“But I hear it’s going to work out very well here.”

Mr Vardakar interjected by pointing out that his Government was committed to avoiding any sort of wall or hard border between the Republic and Northern Ireland.

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