Published On: Sun, Aug 25th, 2019

G7 latest: Donald Trump names Boris Johnson ‘right man’ to take on EU | Politics | News


When asked what advice he could offer his British counterpart on Brexit negotiations, the US president said none was needed as he lauded Mr Johnson in front of reporters at a breakfast meeting between their teams at the G7 summit in Biarritz. The two men spoke promisingly about a post-Brexit free trade agreement after holding talks on Saturday in the French seaside town, with the Republican president said he foresaw it happening “pretty quickly”.

Mr Trump said: “He needs no advice, he’s the right man for the job. I’ve been saying that for a long time – didn’t make your predecessor very happy –  but I’ve been saying it for a long time.

“He’s the right man for the job.”

Mr Johnson responded by saying: “I’m very grateful for that,” as Mr Trump offered him a little wink.

Mr Trump suggested his administration were hindered from pursuing a trade deal while Theresa May was in Downing Street, saying: “Before I was sort of stymied by the other side because nothing got done on the other side, as you’ve seen from Brexit.

“But this is a different person and this is a person that’s going to be a great prime minister, in my opinion.”

Mr Trump said of their meeting: “We’re having very good trade talks between the UK and ourselves, you wouldn’t believe.”

“A very big trade deal, bigger than we’ve ever had with the UK and now… they won’t have the obstacle of, they won’t have the anchor around their ankle because that’s what they had. And we’re going to have some very good trade talks.”

The prime minister said he and Mr Trump had agreed to keep the NHS off the table during their “pretty comprehensive talks” on future trade between the two nations.

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It was the face-to-face meeting between the two leaders who have been likened to each other on everything from their hair to their lack of political correctness.

Mr Johnson is due to sit down with Donald Tusk at 11.20am on Sunday.

He is expected to warn Mr Tusk that the UK will withhold £30 billion of the £39 billion divorce bill if a no deal Brexit is brought about.

On Saturday the European Council President said the prime minister would go down in history as “Mr No Deal” if he crashed the UK out of the bloc, while Mr Johnson hit back saying it would in fact be Mr Tusk who would be remembered as “Mr No Deal Brexit”.

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9.11am update: Trump says allies not pressuring him to end China trade war

Mr Trump has insisted his fellow G7 members have not urged him to pull back from the escalating trade war with China, just a day after Mr Johnson said he would encourage the US leader to end the dispute.



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