On Sunday, during the G-7 Summit, Donald Trump met with Boris Johnson the prime minister of Britain.
“He needs no advice, he’s the right man for the job,” Trump said when asked if he had any guidance for Johnson on how to deliver Brexit. “This is a different person and this is a person that is going to be a great prime minister in my opinion,” Trump added.
Johnson will take the helm in just under three months and will oversee the U.K.’s withdrawal from the European Union a move considered to be one of the most significant and economic changes in the history of the kingdom. It is unclear when Britain will leave the union and the uncertainty surrounding Brexit has spooked its allies and rocked global markets.
Trump claims that he and Johnson have made a “major trade deal.”
“We’re are having very good trade talks between the U.K. and ourselves. We’re going to do a very big trade deal, bigger than we’ve ever had with the UK,” Trump said. “At some point, they won’t have the obstacle of, they won’t have the anchor around their ankle, because that’s what they had. So, we’re going to have some very good trade talks and big numbers,” he said without adding any real details on a potential deal.
Johnson said he was similarly looking forward to future trade deals with the United States and praised Trump’s work on the American economy.
“We’ll be having some pretty comprehensive talks about how to take forward the relationship in all sorts of ways, particularly on trade and we are very excited about that,” Johnson said. “And I just want to actually congratulate the president on everything that the American economy is achieving, it’s fantastic to see that,” he added.
Even if Trump and Johnson come to a trade deal it could take years to see it happen.
Johnson stated during an interview that making anything happen within a year could be a difficult task. In interviews with British television media, Johnson stated that the United States wanted to do a deal within a year of Britain leaving the EU on Oct. 31.
“Years and years is an exaggeration, but to do it all within a year is going to be tight,” he told BBC TV.
Johnson also said the chances of Britain agreeing to a Brexit deal with the EU were improving but it would be “touch and go.”