Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Boris Johnson Praises Trump's 'Method in His Madness'

Boris Johnson Praises Trump's 'Method in His Madness'

"I am increasingly admiring of Donald Trump", he said.

In a recording obtained by BuzzFeed news, Johnson said Brexit opponents, particularly in the Treasury, are so afraid of short-term problems that they may sacrifice long-term benefits such as Britain's ability to negotiate global trade deals and develop its own regulations. There'd be all sorts of breakdowns, all sorts of chaos. Everyone would think he'd gone mad.

"You've got to face the fact there may now be a meltdown. OK?"

The Foreign Secretary added it was "a very, very good thought".

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has been caught on tape predicting a "meltdown" in Brexit talks and musing admiringly how US President Donald Trump might handle them.

He said the final Breixt deal may violate "red line" which Brexiteers vowed not to back down on, which keeps the United Kingdom "locked in orbit around the EU" and in the customs union and single market. "So not really having full freedom on our trade policy, our tariff schedules, and not having freedom with our regulatory framework either".

Johnson's comments come before Trump is set to make his first official visit as president to the U.K.in July. "I'm not as close to the negotiations as Boris is".

Johnson, who is pro-Brexit, said Prime Minister Theresa May was "going to go into a phase where we are much more combative with Brussels".

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"I would have had a different attitude. That's what he asked me to do today", he said.

Johnson was extolling the virtues of Trump's negotiating skills, which have, so far, put the U.S. at the brink of a trade war with Europe and left the universally acclaimed nuclear deal with Iran in tatters, as he expressed concern that the "Remain Camp" at the heart of the British government may cross numerous Brexiteers' "red lines" with its overly cautious approach to the negotiations.

But those on the other side of the table, particularly American allies, say he is making unreasonable threats and bullying them, undermining their vital relationships with Washington. "So they're sacrificing all the medium and long-term gains out of fear of short-term disruption".

Earlier, Johnson suggested that Trump should get a Nobel Prize if he is successful in fixing the North Korea issue. He already unexpectedly called it off once but reversed this decision after receiving a letter from Kim.

He said: "She is not going to be nudged through the back door".

But his critics say it risked a devastating war on the Korean Peninsula by raising instead of easing tensions, and that Pyongyang is the victor, rewarded with the kind of recognition and legitimacy that its illicit nuclear program was created to bring about.

In his speech, Johnson urged Tory donors not to panic during a likely "meltdown" over Brexit.

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