The Hill reports:
President Trump says former United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson would make a “great prime minister” in an interview published Thursday, a shocking remark that comes as Trump visits the U.K. and current Prime Minister Theresa May In an interview with The Sun, a U.K. tabloid owned by conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch, Trump insisted that he was not “pitting” Johnson against May.
But Trump also said that Johnson “obviously likes” him and that he has “a lot of respect” for the former London mayor, who resigned as foreign secretary this week amid deep-seated differences with May over her strategy for the U.K.’s exit from the European Union. Trump’s comment amounted to an extraordinary vote of confidence for Johnson at a time of deep vulnerability for May and her government. The former foreign secretary quit on Monday in protest of the prime minister’s approach to Brexit.