U.S. President Trump Speaks to UK PM Candidate Johnson



Steve Holland, Guy Faulconbridge | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump waded into Britain’s political crisis on Tuesday by telephoning Boris Johnson, the Brexit-supporting favorite to succeed outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May.

Feted by Queen Elizabeth on the first day of his state visit to Britain, Trump turned to politics on Tuesday, offering to meet Johnson, a former foreign minister who has said the United Kingdom should leave the EU on Oct. 31, deal or no deal.

Even before Air Force One landed on British soil, Trump praised the main leaders of Brexit – Johnson and Nigel Farage – and his advisers called on Britain’s next leader to block Huawei from the next generation mobile phone technology.

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