Donald Trump is already working on post-Brexit trade deal with Boris Johnson

Donald Trump said he is already working on a ‘very substantial’ post-Brexit trade deal with Boris Johnson only days after he became Prime Minister.

The two world leaders spoke on Friday evening to outline plans for a deal between the UK and US which is said to include ‘unparalleled’ trade opportunities.

Mr Trump claimed any deal could signal a ‘three to four or five times’ increase in trade between the two countries following Britain’s scheduled departure from the European Union.

Speaking to reporters at the White House, the US President said: ‘We’re working already on a trade agreement. And I think it’ll be a very substantial trade agreement.

‘You know we can do with the UK, we can do three to four times, we were actually impeded by their relationship with the European Union. We were very much impeded on trade.’

Mr Trump continued: ‘We don’t do the kind of trade we could do with what some people say is Great Britain.

‘And some people, remember a word you don’t hear too much is the word England, which is a piece of it. ‘But with the UK we could do much, much more trade and we expect to do that.’

Downing Street confirmed the two leaders had ‘expressed their commitment to delivering an ambitious free trade agreement’.

A spokesman added: ‘They agreed that Brexit offers an unparalleled opportunity to strengthen the economic partnership between the UK and United States.’

 The pair also used their call on Friday to discuss heightened tensions with Iran on both sides of the Atlantic following the seizure of a British oil tanker earlier this month.

The US President said the UK had ‘needed’ Mr Johnson for quite some time, adding: ‘He has what it takes.’

‘I think we can have a great relationship and Boris is going to be a great prime minister.

I predict he will be a great prime minister.’ Mr Trump has previously praised the new Prime Minister even before his victory in the Tory leadership contest, where he won 66% of the Conservative Party membership’s votes.
Speaking to a crowd of young US conservatives on Tuesday, he said: ‘We have a really good man who is going to be the prime minister of the UK now: Boris Johnson. ‘Good man.

He’s tough and he’s smart. They’re saying ‘Britain Trump’. They call him Britain Trump and it’s people saying that’s a good thing.

‘They like me over there. That’s what they wanted. That’s what they need.’


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