BORIS JOHNSON has been called “Britain Trump” by the immodest US President as he gave his verdict on how the “tremendous” incoming Prime Minister will fare.
Mr Johnson won the Conservative Party leadership race today. He won the votes of 92,000 members of the Conservative Party, which was almost twice as many as his rival, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt. He will take over from Theresa May tomorrow after she goes to Buckingham Palace to see the Queen, who will then formally appoint Mr Johnson.
After today’s result was announced, the 55-year-old said: ”We are going to get Brexit done on October 31, and we are going to take advantage of all the opportunities it will bring in a new spirit of ‘can do’.
“Like some slumbering giant, we are going to rise and ping off the guy-ropes of self-doubt and negativity.”
Mr Johnson added the mantra of his leadership campaign had been to “deliver Brexit, unite the country and defeat Jeremy Corbyn – and that is what we are going to do”.
Mr Trump quickly tweeted his congratulations, saying: “He will be great!”.
Later this afternoon, he had plenty more praise to dish out to the new Prime Minister, as he compared himself to Mr Johnson.
At Turning Point USA, a Conservative teen student summit, he said: “We have a really good man who is going to be the Prime Minister of the UK now, Boris Johnson.
“Good man. He’s tough and he’s smart. They’re saying Britain Trump. And people are saying that’s a good thing.
“They like me over there. That’s what they need. It’s what they need. He’ll get it done. Boris is good, he’s going to do a good job.”
Mr Trump added he think Mr Johnson will work well with Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage, who appeared to be in the crowd.
He said: “I said ‘what’s Nigel doing here?’ He’s a little older than you folks.
“He’s going to work well with Boris. They’re going to do tremendous things.”
But Mr Johnson has not always had positive words to say about Mr Trump.
In 2015, he accused Mr Trump, then a candidate for office, of “stupefying ignorance” that made him unfit to be US President.