President Donald Trump has claimed that Boris Johnson would “make a great Prime Minister.”
The US President said he believes Mr Johnson has “got what it takes” just days after the former foreign secretary quit his post in Prime Minister Theresa May’s cabinet office.
He made the comments in an interview with The Sun where he said he was “very saddened” to see Mr Johnson go and described him as a “very talented guy.”
The president has previously spoken of his admiration for the former foreign secretary and mayor of London.
Before flying to the Nato summit in Brussels, he told reporters: “He has been very, very nice to me, very supportive. Maybe we’ll speak to him when I get over there.
“I like Boris Johnson. I’ve always liked him.”
Mr Trump went further in his Sun interview, saying: “I was very saddened to see he was leaving government and I hope he goes back in at some point.
“I think he is a great representative for your country.
“I am just saying I think he would be a great Prime Minister. I think he’s got what it takes.”
The pair have not always seen eye-to-eye, however.
In 2015, Mr Trump claimed parts of London were so radicalised that “police are afraid for their own lives”.
Mr Johnson said the claim was “simply ridiculous”, adding: “I would welcome the opportunity to show Mr Trump first hand some of the excellent work our police officers do every day in local neighbourhoods throughout our city.
“Crime has been falling steadily in both London and New York and the only reason I wouldn’t go to some parts of New York is the real risk of meeting Donald Trump.”
During the interview with The Sun, Trump hit out at Sadiq Khan describing him as a “terrible mayor.”
“I look at cities in Europe, and I can be specific if you’d like. You have a mayor who has done a terrible job in London. He has done a terrible job.
“Take a look at the terrorism that is taking place. Look at what is going on in London. I think he has done a very bad job on terrorism.”
The President also used the interview to accuse the Prime Minister of “killing” a UK/US trade deal after Brexit and suggested Boris Johnson who quit over plans for after Britain quit the bloc would be a “good leader”.
The comments were made public as the Prime Minister hosted a lavish black tie dinner for the President and First Lady at the Oxfordshire’s Blenheim Palace.
He will today visit a security site before meeting the Queen for tea at Windsor Castle.