Trump supports Johnson, says Corbyn is 'bad' for UK

Updated: Nov 02, 2019, 08:50 IST | Agencies | London

In an interview, the United States president pushes for an alliance between the Conservatives and Nigel Farageâ's far right Brexit Party as an 'unstoppable' force for the December 12 elections

Donald Trump and (right) Boris Johnson. Pics/AFP
Donald Trump and (right) Boris Johnson. Pics/AFP

London: US President Donald Trump ruffled a few feathers in the UK with an intervention on the country's upcoming general election by backing his "friend" UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and categorising Opposition Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn as "so bad" for Britain.

In an interview with LBC Radio with host and far-right Brexit Party Leader Nigel Farage on the phone on Thursday, Trump pushed for an alliance between the Conservatives and Farage's party as an "unstoppable" force for the December 12 polls. "I have great relationships with many of the leaders, including Boris who's a fantastic man. I think he's the exact right guy for the times," Trump said.

"I know that you and him will end up doing something that could be terrific. If you and he get together it's an unstoppable force," he said. In reference to Corbyn, the US President was scathing. "Corbyn would be so bad for your country, he'd be so bad, he'd take you in such a bad way. He'd take you into such bad places. But your country has tremendous potential, it's a great country," Trump said.

The remarks prompted Corbyn to take to Twitter to accuse the US President of "trying to interfere" in Britain's internal affairs to get "his friend Boris Johnson elected". However, in his characteristic style, Trump went on to also criticise Johnson for his Brexit deal struck with the EU, as damaging for US-UK trade relations, forcing Downing Street to dismiss the concerns.

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