May 31, 2019
LONDON (Reuters) – Former British foreign minister and Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson would make a “very good” next UK prime minister, U.S. President Donald Trump said, intervening in the Conservative Party’s leadership contest ahead of a state visit next week.
“I think Boris would do a very good job. I think he would be excellent,” Trump told the Sun newspaper.
Trump said a number of Conservative lawmakers had sought his endorsement – though not environment minister Michael Gove, who had criticized his stance on Iran – and that he appreciated foreign minister Jeremy Hunt’s pledge to spend more on defense.
“Yup. Like him,” Trump said when asked about Hunt.
(Reporting by David Milliken; Editing by Sandra Maler)