President Trump wasted no time in congratulating Boris Johnson, the populist who prefers a no-deal Brexit from the European Union, on becoming prime minister of the United Kingdom.
“He will be great!” Trump said in a tweet, noting the win after Johnson beat opponent Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on Tuesday.
Congratulations to Boris Johnson on becoming the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He will be great!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2019
President Trump’s daughter and senior adviser Ivanka Trump also tweeted her congratulations.
Congratulations @BorisJohnson on becoming the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) July 23, 2019
Johnson will replace Theresa May, whom Trump insulted in recent weeks after the British ambassador to the U.S. resigned because of memos he’d written attacking Trump were leaked to the media. May will officially resign on Wednesday.
Johnson’s election has sparked a series of resignations by May’s ministers, according to Reuters. Both her education minister and foreign office minister announced their resignations before the results were even final, citing concerns over Johnson’s intentions to leave the European Union without a plan in place.