Speaking in front of the White House on Thursday, President Donald Trump described Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage as good and interesting guys and said they were friends of him.
“Nigel Farage is a friend of mine, Boris is a friend of mine. They’re two very good guys, very interesting people.”
Trump said the two, known as the architects of Britain’s imminent withdrawal from the EU, have done a good job in politics.
“I think they’re big powers over there. I think they’ve done a good job … I like them, I mean they’re friends of mine,” he said.
Donald Trump said that he might meet the two in his trip to the UK starting on June 3.
Although insisting he is not supporting them, Trump’s remarks on Johnson and Farage could be an immense show of political support for the two as they try to have a more powerful presence in the British politics and on Brexit.
Boris Johnson is presently the favorite to win a late July leadership race in the ruling Conservative Party and replace incumbent Theresa May who will officially step down on June 7.
Nigel Farage Farage, whose newly established Brexit party gained a significant 32 percent of the votes in last Thursday EU parliament elections, is also believed to be looking for a way to have a say in government’s way of handling Brexit.
Senior political figures in Uk have boycotted a ceremony by British queen to host Trump in Buckingham Palace, saying the divisive US president should not be welcomed in the UK.
Donald Trump’s visit to the UK comes against the backdrop of increasing calls for protests in London and other places, especially in Portsmouth, where he will attend a June 5 ceremony to commemorate the Second World War events.