Donald Trump repeats his call for Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage to ‘come together’

4 November 2019, 07:44 | Updated: 4 November 2019, 09:38

Donald Trump speaks to reporters outside the White House
Donald Trump speaks to reporters outside the White House. Picture: PA

By Asher McShane

The US President has repeated his call for Boris Johnson to work together with Nigel Farage as he spoke to press at the White House.

Donald Trump said he liked ‘both’ Mr Johnson and Mr Farage. He said: “I like them both. I think Boris will get it right. They're both friends of mine. What I'd like to see is for Nigel and Boris to come together. I think that's a possibility.'

Mr Trump wants to see a Brexit deal done that allows for increased trade between the UK and US.

'We're far and away the No.1 economy in the world, and if you do it a certain way we're prohibited from trading with the UK,' he said. 

'That would be very bad for the UK, because we can do much more business (than the) European Union.'

Donald Trump first suggested a ‘pact’ between Mr Johnson and Mr Farage last week in a world exclusive interview with LBC.

He said a Jeremy Corbyn government would be “so bad” for the UK.

Mr Farage will unveil the 600 candidates who could split the leave vote and thwart Boris Johnson’s chances at the election.

Mr Farage will be at an event in Westminster on Monday to introduce the hopefuls to challenge seats across the nation during the December 12 vote.

The MEP, who demands leaving the EU without a deal, said he could "serve the cause better traversing the length" of the country than himself running - and potentially failing - as an MP for an eighth time.

The unveiling comes after the PM apologised to the Tory members who elected him leader for failing on his "do-or-die" promise to implement Brexit by Halloween.

Mr Johnson said he feels "deep regret" over missing the former deadline, which he was compelled to extend to the end of January.

So adamant was the PM that he would meet the last Brexit deadline, he said he would rather be "dead in a ditch" than miss it. That date passed on Thursday.

In an interview with Sky's Ridge on Sunday, he was told he needed to take responsibility and could not just blame other people.

"Well, I do. I do and I'm deeply, deeply disappointed," the PM replied.

Pushed on whether he would apologise to Tory members who supported him, Mr Johnson replied: "Of course, of course.

"It's a matter of ... it's a matter of deep regret."

Mr Johnson also said he can see "no reason whatsoever" about why the UK should extend the Brexit transition period beyond December 2020, adding: "If you get the right Parliament anything's possible."

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