Boris Johnson brushes off ‘peculiar’ comparisons between him and Donald Trump – saying they can’t be alike because he can’t even use Twitter properly
- Boris Johnson expressed admiration for Donald Trump but said they’re different
- He has repeatedly been compared to the US president, even by Trump himself
- However, Johnson insisted there are plenty of differences – particularly Twitter
Boris Johnson has brushed off comparisons between him and Donald Trump, labelling them as ‘peculiar’ and insisting there are ‘plenty of differences’ between him and the US president.
Speaking to NBC News, the Prime Minister joked that one of the differences were that he had no idea how to use Twitter.
Johnson has been widely compared to Trump – by allies and opponents alike – and the US President even said that the Prime Minister was ‘Britain’s Trump’.
However, the Prime Minister played down the comparisons, insisting that there were plenty of differences between the two men, despite their mutual affection.
Donald Trump and Boris Johnson arrive for a bilateral meeting during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, as the British Prime Minister plays down the similarities between the two leaders
He said: ‘Well, look, I think that they [the comparisons] are peculiar. They are not, you know, I’m a British conservative. I come from, you know, a tradition that believes in free market, free trade, all sorts of things.
‘Where most difference is, when it comes to Twitter. I’m not a master of that particular medium.
‘I’m just giving you one difference. I’ll leave it to your imagine for the many other differences. But there are plenty of differences.’
The leaders joined forces on Monday at the United Nations to call for a new, international nuclear agreement with Iran that prohibits state-sponsored terrorism.
Johnson publicly showed his support for his US counterpart, saying in the interview: ‘I think there’s one guy who can do a better deal [with Iran],’ he said, ‘and that is the president of the United States. I hope there will be a Trump deal.’
The Prime Minister also told the American television network that Trump is a ‘very, very brilliant negotiator’ who he believes is capable of negotiating a better agreement.
Speaking with NBC news, Johnson shared his admiration of the president, but insisted they were very different
He joked in the interview that one of the differences between them was Trump’s mastery of Twitter
Discussing Iran on Monday, Johnson said in a Sky News interview: ‘Whatever your objections to the old nuclear deal with Iran, it’s time now to move forward and do a new deal.’
The American president, minutes later, told press in New York, ‘That’s why he’s a winner. That’s why he’s a man that’s going to be successful in the UK.’
‘I respect Boris a lot, and I’m not at all surprised that he was the first one to come out and say that,’ he stated.
He added that Johnson is ‘very smart, very tough’ and is right to take his side in the dispute over the existing agreement.
‘And he does want a new deal because the other deal was ready to expire. It was at a very short number of years left. All that money paid and wasted. You didn’t have the right to inspect the appropriate sites,’ he said.
‘You were looking at sites that would never be used to create nuclear … What kind of a deal is that?’