Trump meets British PM Johnson on sidelines of G7 summit

Trump says Johnson "right man" to deliver Brexit, alludes to "very big trade deal" with UK after Brexit - one "bigger than we've ever had."

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Trump and Johnson
Trump and Johnson

Today, President Donald J. Trump and Prime Minister Boris Johnson met in the margins of the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France.

According to a joint statement released afterward, "they celebrated the enduring Special Relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom and reaffirmed the value of transatlantic partnership."

"The President and the Prime Minister noted the unique depth of the security and defense partnership between the two countries and the benefits it brings to each. They committed to increasing the cooperation between the two sovereign nations.

"President Trump and Prime Minister Johnson also discussed how the United Kingdom leaving the European Union presents many opportunities for deepening our already robust economic and commercial relationship, including a comprehensive trade agreement.

"The leaders acknowledged the importance of free, fair, and reciprocal trade and discussed opportunities for deepening our trading relationship in the future based on mutual respect for these principles.

"The President and Prime Minister also discussed the important role of investment in our respective economies and noted American investment in the United Kingdom is responsible for more than 1 million British jobs and British investment in the United States is responsible for more than 1 million American jobs.

"President Trump and Prime Minister Johnson directed United States Director of the National Economic Council Larry Kudlow and United Kingdom Cabinet Secretary Mark Sedwill to launch a 'Special Relationship Economic Working Group' (SREWG). The SREWG will develop market-oriented principles for economic growth and increase bilateral cooperation on issues related to the modern 21st century economy," the statement added.

Asked whether Trump had any advice for Johnson on Brexit, he said, "He needs no advice. He's the right man for the job. I've been saying that for a long time. It didn’t make your predecessor very happy. But I've been saying it for a long time: He's the right man for the job."

Trump added, "We're having very good trade talks between the UK and ourselves. We're going to do a very big trade deal -- bigger than we've ever had with the UK."

"And now, they won't have it. 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."