Donald Trump Invites Boris Johnson To White House Following UK Election Victory

The two leaders have already reportedly agreed to pursue an 'ambitious' UK-US trade deal.
Boris Johnson has reportedly been invited to the White House in the wake of his election win.
Boris Johnson has reportedly been invited to the White House in the wake of his election win.

Donald Trump has reportedly invited Boris Johnson to the US for a visit to the White House in the wake of the UK prime minister’s election win.

With the Brexit date set for January 31, the British government will be looking to strike a new trade deal across the pond.

“Some potential dates have been floated in mid-January but nothing has yet been formally agreed. But it is clear that both sides want to make it happen some time in early 2020,” the Sunday Times quoted a source close to the White House as saying.

According to the Mail on Sunday, Johnson is reluctant to make the visit before delivering Brexit on at the end of January and would prefer to go after a cabinet reshuffle scheduled in February, when he is expected to appoint cabinet office minister Michael Gove as his new trade negotiator.

That could allow Johnson to take Gove on the U.S. visit ahead of talks of a post-Brexit trade deal, according to the report.

Some Downing Street insiders, however, have concerns about a visit by Johnson due to fears the prime minister could be dragged into Trump’s ongoing impeachment proceedings, the Sunday Times reported.

Johnson won approval for his Brexit deal in the British parliament on Friday, the first step towards fulfilling his election pledge to deliver Britain’s departure from the European Union by Jan. 31.

As Britain prepares to leave the bloc, Johnson and Trump agreed in a phone call last Monday to pursue an “ambitious” UK-U.S. free trade agreement.

After Johnson’s election win on Dec. 12, Trump had said Britain and the United States were now free to strike a “massive” new trade deal after Brexit.

“This deal has the potential to be far bigger and more lucrative than any deal that could be made with the EU,” Trump had said in a tweet earlier this month.

The White House and Downing Street did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the reported invitation to Johnson.


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