Donald Trump praises Brexit-supporting ‘friends’ Johnson and Farage

Vastavam web: U.S. President Donald Trump lauded Britain’s most high-profile Brexit supporters – Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage – as his friends on Thursday, weighing into Britain’s political crisis just days before his state visit to London. Trump told reporters he had great respect for Johnson and Farage and considered them friends, but declined to say whether he supported Johnson to succeed Theresa May, who is stepping down as prime minister after failing to steer the country out of the European Union.

“Nigel Farage is a friend of mine. Boris is a friend of mine,” Trump told reporters as he left the White House to deliver a speech in Colorado. “I like them … but I haven’t thought about supporting them. Maybe it’s not my business to support people, but I have a lot of respect for both of those men.”

Farage, who led the unofficial campaign to leave the EU in the 2016 Brexit referendum, wants to leave the bloc without any agreement. When asked about Brexit, Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton said the United States remained Britain’s most steadfast ally and dismissed questions about the security implications of leaving the bloc.

“You know, America declared its independence once – we made out okay,” Bolton quipped to reporters in London.