While speaking at a Turning Point USA conference on Tuesday, the president gave Johnson props for winning the Conservative Party leadership election to become prime minister, describing him as a “really good man,” “tough,” and “smart.”
Trump went on to say that people are calling the prime minister-designate — who was born in New York — “Britain Trump” and that “he’s going to do a good job.”
“We have a really good man who’s going to be the prime minister of the U.K. now, Boris Johnson. Good man. He’s tough and he’s smart. They’re saying Britain Trump. They call him Britain Trump. And people are saying that’s a good thing. They like me over there. That’s what they wanted. 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.”
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The president also offered his congratulations to the incoming prime minister through a tweet published on Tuesday, saying that Johnson “will be great.”
Congratulations to Boris Johnson on becoming the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He will be great!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2019
Johnson — a former journalist and the former mayor of London — will be replacing Prime Minister Theresa May after she resigned from the post in May following her failure to create a Brexit deal.
“It is, and will always remain, a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit,” May said during her resignation.
The incoming prime minister soundly beat his Conservative Party rival Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt for the office at 10 Downing Street in London, pulling in 92,153 votes out of the 159,320 party members eligible to vote in the election.
The foreign secretary received 46,656 of the votes, and the election saw a turnout of 87 percent.