US president Donald Trump has hailed Boris Johnson after his landslide victory in the Tory leadership race.
The US President said Mr Johnson, who will take over as Prime Minister on Wednesday, was a “really good man” as he praised the new Conservative figurehead.
“We have a really good man is going to be the Prime Minister of the UK now.
“Boris Johnson. Good man, he’s tough and he’s smart,” Mr Trump said at a conservative teen student summit.
The US leader then went on to liken Mr Johnson to himself and said: “They’re saying Britain Trump. They call him Britain Trump. And people are saying that’s a good thing.
“They like me over there. That’s what they wanted. That’s what they need. It’s what they need.
“He’ll get it done, Boris is good, he’s going to do a good job.”
Earlier in the day he took to Twitter to congratulate Mr Johnson and said: “Congratulations to Boris Johnson on becoming the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He will be great!”
Ivanka Trump, President Trump’s daughter, also congratulated Mr Johnson on becoming the Prime Minister of “United Kingston”, in a since deleted tweet, which was later followed by a rectified follow up.
The US President has previously spoken positively of Mr Johnson and praised him in the run up to him becoming the Tory leader.
Mr Johnson was announced as Theresa May’s replacement in a clear victory on Tuesday, securing 92,153 votes compared to rival Jeremy Hunt’s 46,656, after the vote was put to Conservative Party members.
The former Mayor of London will take over from Mrs May as Prime Minister on Wednesday and has begun appointing allies to his top team.
The new Conservative Party leader used his victory speech to promise he will “energise the country”, while he renewed his vow to meet the October 31 Brexit deadline with a “new spirit of can-do”.
He commented on a new era in which Britain will awake “like some slumbering giant”.
“We are once again going to believe in ourselves and what we can achieve,” he said.
“And like some slumbering giant, we are going to rise and ping off the guy ropes of self-doubt and negativity, with better education, better infrastructure, more police, fantastic full-fibre broadband sprouting in every household – we are going to unite this amazing country and we are going to take it forward.”
Source: Evening Standard