BORIS Johnson has praised Donald Trump’s “many good qualities” while insisting his own party should copy some of the US President’s policies.
The Tory leadership frontrunner lauded the Republican firebrand’s record in the White House including the performance of the American economy.
Boris Johnson praised US President Donald Trump today lauding his policies[/caption]
Speaking at the Conservative hustings in Carlisle, Mr Johnson suggested that his own party should “pay tribute” to Trump’s reliance on free market economics.
He said: “Actually he has many, many good qualities.
“This is a guy who, when all is said and done, has got the US economy motoring along at about 3.6 per cent growth.
“He’s put in capital allowances for business in a way that I think we should be looking at here, he’s cut regulations and he’s cut taxes in a way that has driven growth in the US.
The former UK Foreign Secretary added: “We Tories, we Conservatives, I think, for too long have failed to talk up the agenda of free market economics, and we’ve failed to be positive about it…
Actually he has many, many good qualities
“…I know that not everybody agrees with everything Donald Trump says or does but on that he is having results, and we should pay tribute to that.”
In an interview with The Sun last month, Trump said Boris would be an “excellent” choice for the next Tory leader.
He said: “I think Boris would do a very good job.”
Someone who may disagree with that sentiment is Glastonbury headliner Stormzy.
The rapper, from Croydon, South London, prompted the audience at the music festival to shout “f**k Boris” during his performance last night.
In response, Mr Johnson joked today that the crowd actually chanted “back Boris.”
Trump told The Sun that Boris would make an ‘excellent’ choice as Tory leader[/caption]
Speaking with the Press Association, he said: “I want to pay tribute to Stormzy – I am a great enthusiast and admirer of Mr Stormzy’s works and I think he’s one of the great lyricists and poets of our time.
“And I want to thank him for his rousing endorsement of the Back Boris campaign.
“Back Boris I think was what he said and there may have been some problem with the acoustics that caused him to be briefly misunderstood, but Stormzy seems to me to be thoroughly on message.”
Mr Johnson, who is battling Jeremy Hunt for the Tory leadership and the keys to Number 10, defended his “chequered private life” at the hustings today.
The twice-married MP, whose campaign was rocked after police were called to his home by neighbours after a late night row with his partner, was quizzed about his reliability by a Tory member.
PRIVATE LIFE QUESTIONED
“We know a lot of people have a worry about reliability with Boris and I think that’s the Achilles’ heel, with the chequered private life, can we trust you with the great lady Britannia?” the member asked.
The questioner added that the Conservatives’ “perfect leader” would be an “amalgam” of Mr Johnson and his rival Jeremy Hunt.
Mr Johnson replied: “Don’t look at what I say I do, look at what I do.”
He pointed towards having “over delivered” on his promises as mayor of London, the 2012 Olympics and his record on action over the Skripal poisonings in Salisbury.
Rival candidate Hunt had his own trustworthiness questioned by the audience.
When asked why he could be trusted to deliver Brexit when Theresa May had promised to leave the EU by March 29 more than 100 times and failed, Mr Hunt said he would not repeat her mistakes.
He said: “I’m going to do something very different from Theresa May, two things.
MOST READ IN NEWS
“First of all I’m not going to be trying to get her deal through the House of Commons… We should not have a deal which traps us in the Customs Union until the EU gives us permission to leave.
“I will be putting forward a deal that is different to Theresa May’s deal.
“And this is the really important change, I’m going to have a negotiating team that has in it people from different parts of the Conservative-DUP alliance that means that Brussels knows that what we promise to Brussels we can deliver through Parliament.”
We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online news team? Email us at email@example.com or call 0207 782 4368. You can WhatsApp us on 07810 791 502. We pay for videos too. Click here to upload yours