During an interview that raised questions about the decision to invite him to the UK, the US president hailed Johnson as a future PM and accused Theresa May of wrecking Brexit.
Before his arrival in the UK for his first visit as President, Trump used an interview with the Rupert Murdoch-owned Sun to warn May that she may have killed off any chance of a vital US trade deal with attempt to maintain close ties with the European Union.
“If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the UK, so it will probably kill the deal.” Trump told The Sun as he denied once branding May a “bossy schoolteacher.”
In contrast, Trump described Johnson, the former Foreign Secretary, as “a very talented guy”, adding: “I like him a lot.”
“I have a lot of respect for Boris. He obviously likes me, and says very good things about me.” Trump said, claiming that he was not trying to pit Johnson against his host, but added: “I am just saying I think he would be a great prime minister. I think he’s got what it takes.”
Jeremy Corbyn accused the US president of meddling in the UK politics and said: “With the greatest respect, it’s not his business who the British prime minister is.”
Corbyn also said May was wrong to be “rewarding” the “politics of division” and criticised the PM for inviting the president to British at a time when his dangerous and inhumane policies are putting the lives and wellbeing of millions of people at risk.
“We are committed to dialogue, including of course with those we strongly disagree with and in government, we would find a way to work with his administration while also standing up for our values.” Corbyn said, “But instead the Tories are rewarding President Trump with a red carpet welcome.
He added: “We must show Trump and the Tories that we can and we will defeat the politics of division.”