A few days before the start of his visit to the United Kingdom, US President Donald Trump spoke out enthusiastically about the Brexit hardliners Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage. Trump also made it clear that, in the margins of that visit, a meeting with his two “friends” is not out of the question.
Trump and his wife Melania are coming to the United Kingdom next Monday for a three-day state visit. On Thursday, the American president was asked whether he also intended to meet Johnson or Farage on the occasion.
“I may. Nigel Farage is a friend of mine, Boris is a friend of mine, they’re two very good guys, very interesting people.” was Trump’s reply. Trump also congratulated Farage on his victory in the European parliamentary elections. His Brexit Party won 31.7 percent of the votes and 29 European seats there.
Boris Johnson has announced that he is a candidate to succeed Theresa May as leader of the Conservative Party and as British Prime Minister. However, Trump does not want to go so far as to express his support for him. “Well I like them, I mean they’re friends of mine, but I haven’t thought about supporting them. Maybe it’s not my business to support people. But I have a lot of respect for both of those men.”
British Prime Minister Theresa May announced her resignation last week, but will still be in office during Trump’s visit. May and Trump will also meet during the state visit.