The US President asked Mr Johnson what “took him so long” to become leader of the country. Trump hailed Mr Johnson as a “very smart and very strong” politician at the G7 summit in Biarritz. The two leaders officially met at the summit this week following months of phone calls and support for each other.
Trump told the press conference: “We really like each other. And we had a great two and a half days.
“I have been waiting for him to be Prime Minister for about six years.
“I told him, ‘what took you so long?
“I think he is going to be a great Prime Minister and especially after spending a lot of intense time with him over the last couple of days, he is very smart, he is very strong and he is very enthusiastic.”
Trump said: “Theresa was unable to do the deal. I gave her my ideas as to doing the deal very early. She chose to do it her way and that didn’t work out so well.”
He added she was a “good” woman before cautioning Mr Johnson on the “very tough” negotiations with the EU.
Trump added: “I deal with the EU – it’s a very strong group of people, they have their ideas and they’re not easy to deal with, I will tell you. The EU is very tough to make deals with – just ask Theresa May.”
Mr Johnson received further support from Australia’s Prime Minister at the summit.
Scott Morrison said he is “absolutely convinced” Mr Johnson is the man to deliver Brexit.
Following their meeting, Mr Morrison was adamant Mr Johnson will make a success of Brexit on October 31.
He added that he “very much enjoyed” their meeting together and revealed the two world leaders even joked about yesterday’s cricket result which saw England secure victory over the Australian team by just one wicket.
When asked if Mr Johnson can deliver Brexit the Australian Prime Minister said: “I tell you, sat in that room with him this morning you would be absolutely convinced of it.
“You would be pretty certain of it. I very much enjoyed our meeting, let’s just say that.”
He added: “We are going to have a great relationship – despite his cricket sledging, which was very modest, I have to say. It was modest sledging.”
Mr Johnson said it was “fantastic” to talk to the leader, who “seemed in very high spirits” despite England’s last-minute Ashes cricket victory.
A Downing Street spokesman said: “(They) discussed their enthusiasm for an enhanced and deep trading relationship once the UK leaves the EU.
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