When asked what advice he could offer his British counterpart on Brexit negotiations, the US president said none was needed as he lauded Mr Johnson in front of reporters at a breakfast meeting between their teams at the G7 summit in Biarritz. The two men spoke promisingly about a post-Brexit free trade agreement after holding talks on Saturday in the French seaside town, with the Republican president said he foresaw it happening “pretty quickly”.
Mr Trump said: “He needs no advice, he’s the right man for the job. I’ve been saying that for a long time - didn’t make your predecessor very happy - but I’ve been saying it for a long time.
“He’s the right man for the job.”
Mr Johnson responded by saying: “I’m very grateful for that,” as Mr Trump offered him a little wink.
Mr Trump suggested his administration were hindered from pursuing a trade deal while Theresa May was in Downing Street, saying: “Before I was sort of stymied by the other side because nothing got done on the other side, as you’ve seen from Brexit.
Donald Trump and Boris Johnson held their first bi-lateral meeting at the G7 summit in Biarritz (Image: GETTY)
Mr Trump and Mr Johnson, joined by their teams, took part in a breakfast summit on Sunday (Image: Sky News)