DONALD Trump has backed Boris Johnson to secure a general election and deliver Brexit by the end of October.
Speaking in the Oval Office, the president told reporters that the prime minister “knows how to win” and is “going to be fine”.
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Members of parliament are currently met in the Commons to debate a route through the current impasse.
Opponents of the government last night backed a bill to block a no-deal Brexit if the PM hasn’t agreed a new deal with EU by the October 31 deadline.
Johnson now hopes to force an October general election, but needs the votes of two thirds of MPs.
Labour says it won’t go along with his strategy, meaning he is very unlikely to secure the necessary 434 votes.
Asked today about the ongoing turmoil, President Trump said: “Boris a friend of mine, and he’s going at it, there’s no question about it.
“I watched him this morning. He’s in there fighting.
“Boris knows how to win. He knows how to win. Don’t worry about him. He’s going to be fine.”
Johnson has enjoyed good relations with the president since becoming prime minister in July.
During meetings at the G7 summit last month, Trump said Johnson was the “right man” to deliver Brexit, to which Johnson told the president he was “no message”.
Johnson has previously been critical of Trump, saying during the 2016 presidential campaign: “I think he’s betrayed a quite stupefying ignorance that makes him frankly unfit to hold the office of president of the United States”.
Speaking after Trump had made claims about the levels of crime in London, Johnson added: “I would invite him to come and see the whole of London and take him round the city except that I wouldn’t want to expose Londoners to any unnecessary risk of meeting Donald Trump.”
US vice president Mike Pence is currently in Iceland as part of a European tour, and is scheduled to meet with Johnson in London on Thursday.
“The United States of America stands with the United Kingdom in its decision to leave the European Union,” he said.
“That was a decision that was made by the people of the United Kingdom in a referendum, now the better part of three years ago.
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“I’ll be traveling tonight to London.
“I’ll be meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and discussing just that.”
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