Trump Backs Boris Johnson As Theresa May Is Dissed

Trump Backs Boris Johnson As Theresa May Is Dissed

"I get along with her very well, I have a very good relationship".

Asked if May should remain in power, Trump said "that's up to the people".

The U.S. dollar recovered from a 3-1/2 week low on Monday as the pound dived following the announcement that UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson resigned from the government.

"I can't read that but if Brexiteers see why Trump has said as validating their own position then the pressure, over the course of this weekend, from constituents onto Conservative members of Parliament will get even greater".

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The Sun, Britain's most popular paper, said Trump's comments were a new blow for Prime Minister Theresa May, who has faced two high-profile resignations from her cabinet and a rebellion by Brexit hardliners this week.

Mr Trump told reporters: "He's been very nice to me".

"Boris Johnson is a friend of mine".

A security fence is seen near the US ambassador's residence, ahead of the USA presidential visit, in Regents Park, London, Britain July 11, 2018.

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Trump's victory in the 2016 presidential election shocked British diplomats in Washington and relations between May and Trump have been strained at times.

After he was invited a year ago, more than 1.86 million people signed a petition saying Trump should not be given a state visit because it could embarrass the queen and thousands of police will also be on duty with large protests expected.

The enduring image of May's visit to the White House in January 2017, when she became the first foreign leader to meet the president after he took office, was Trump taking May's hand to help her down the steps of the White House colonnade.

"Are they going to look at what Trump has said and say "yeah absolutely that is how I feel" or do they say "well it is not really the job of an American President to tell us what to think".

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And Mr Trump suggested he may have an easier time talking to Russian president Vladimir Putin in Helsinki next week than with Mrs May during his visit to Britain beginning on Thursday.

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