President Trump will not meet with former British foreign minister Boris Johnson on his whirlwind 36-hour visit to London, the White House confirmed as Trump entered the last stretch of his trip.
‘I don’t think so – not right now,’ White House spokesman Hogan Gidley told DailyMail.com in advance of Trump’s joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May.
Johnson resigned his post over Brexit this week, and Trump blasted May’s ‘soft’ Brexit proposal in an interview where he heaped praise on her rival, Johnson.
Gidley indicated the two men hadn’t met during open blocks of time on the president’s itinerary during his visit.
President Donald Trump won’t be meeting former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on his brief London trip
Trump hailed Johnson previously, saying: ‘I have a lot of respect for Boris. He obviously likes me, and says very good things about me.’
‘I was very saddened to see he was leaving government and I hope he goes back in at some point. I think he is a great representative for your country,’ Trump said, the Guardian reported. ‘I am not pitting one against the other. I am just saying I think he would be a great Prime Minister. I think he’s got what it takes.’
‘Boris Johnson’s a friend of mine, he’s been very nice to me, very supportive and maybe I’ll speak to him when I get over there. I like Boris Johnson, I’ve always liked him.’
There had been hints that Trump could visit with Johnson
Woody Johnson, the U.S. ambassador to Great Britain, kept alive the possibility of a meeting between he two.
It was ‘not on the schedule but the president makes his own schedule,’ he said.
‘We’ll make everything possible if the president wants to do something,’ he added. ‘Boris Johnson has been a friend of the president, was a friend during the election and he has a warm and close relationship with the president.
He continued: ‘I think you have to give all the protagonists, whether it’s the president or the prime minister, a little bit of leeway here. If the president wants to do it, and he feels it’s appropriate to do it, he’ll make that decision.’