Trump talks to Boris Johnson again as British PM faces Brexit crisis and leaders prepare to meet this week at the G7
- President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke Monday
- This is the fourth time the two leaders have spoken this month
- The frequent calls come as the two prepare to head to France for a Group of Seven summit next weekend
- In two statements the respective governments said the leaders talked about trade, economic issues and Brexit
Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke for the fourth time on Monday.
‘President Donald J. Trump spoke by telephone with Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom earlier today to discuss a wide range of trade and economic issues,’ the White House said in a statement Monday.
‘Prime Minister Johnson also provided the President with an update on Brexit,’ the statement continued. ‘The President expressed great enthusiasm for his upcoming meeting with the Prime Minister at the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France’
A spokesperson for Johnson’s office expressed similar sentiments, claiming the two talked about the two nations’ trade relationship.
The conversations comes as the two prepare for a Group of Seven summit in France next weekend.
Donald Trump spoke with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday as he prepares to head to France for the 45th Group of Seven summit
This is the fourth time the two leaders have talked this month
This is the fourth time Trump and Johnson have spoken this month.
Johnson, the leader of the Conservative Party, became the Prime Minister this year after Theresea May resigned earlier this summer.
The frequency of contact between the leaders Trump’s repeated suggestions that Johnson should be the next prime minister, have been a boost to the British politician who’s a conservative with similar views to Trump’s.
The relationship between the two has been friendlier than the one between Trump and May.
Trump tweeted about his call with Boris Johnson on Monday, saying he was looking forward to meeting the British PM on the weekend
Toward the end of her tenure as prime minister, Trump assailed May in tweets over the leaks and her failure to get parliamentary approval for Brexit.
The U.S. president has lavished praise on Johnson since he won the keys to Downing Street, welcoming the former mayor of London’s election as Tory leader by predicting he would do a ‘great job’ and suggested he was ‘Britain Trump.’
The two men spoke immediately after Johnson became PM at the end of July and again at the start of August.
World leaders are preparing to head to Biarritz, France from August 24-26 for the 45th G7 Summit.
Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States are members of Group of Seven, which includes the seven largest economies in the world. These countries represent almost 60 per cent of the global net worth.
Trump’s talk with Johnson also comes as the prime minister has scrambled to defend Brexit plans following a leak of an internal report over the weekend.
The document, “Operation Yellowhammer,” warned of potential fallout from a ‘no-deal’ on Brexit, including widespread disruption at ports and potential shortage of food, drugs and fuel.
Johnson’s trip to Berlin on Wednesday and Paris on Thursday will be his first official trip abroad since being installed as prime minister.