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Trump backs ‘right man’ Johnson at fractious G7 summit

AFP, Biarritz
Trump backs ‘right man’ Johnson at fractious G7 summit
(L-R) Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, European Council President Donald Tusk, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, US President Donald Trump, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, France's President Emmanuel Macron, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attend a working session on "International Economy and Trade, and International Security Agenda" in Biarritz, France yesterday. AFP Photo

US President Donald Trump yesterday backed British Prime Minister Boris Johnson as the “right man” for Brexit as the two leaders held a warm first meeting at a G7 summit marked by tensions over trade and worries about the Amazon.

Johnson and Trump were on obviously friendly terms as they sat down for a working breakfast in the southern French resort of Biarritz where Group of Seven leaders have gathered this weekend.

“He’s going to be a fantastic prime minster,” Trump said in their first face-to-face meeting since Johnson took office last month. Asked what his advice was for Brexit, Trump replied: “He needs no advice.

He’s the right man for the job. I’ve been saying that for a long time. It didn’t make your predecessor happy...”

Trump’s undiplomatic outbursts often targeted Johnson’s predecessor Theresa May. Johnson replied that Trump’s backing was “on message there”. A new US-UK trade deal after Britain leaves the EU was at the heart of their meeting and both men appeared upbeat about the chances of success after Johnson a day earlier urged Trump to remove the “considerable barriers” impeding UK companies exports to the US.

 

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