Trump prepares G7 snub by meeting Johnson first

Donald Trump is planning to meet Boris Johnson before he meets any other European leader to “send a signal” about Brexit, report claims.

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John Bolton, Mr Trump’s national security adviser, praised relations between Britain and the US on Monday, saying they are “on course for an unprecedented partnership”.

Bolton also priased the chemistry between Johnson and Trump. “They’ve already had five or six phone calls,” he said. “It’s off to a roaring start.”

The G7 summit, which starts on August 24, will also be attended by Angela Merkel, the German chancellor and Giuseppe Conte, the Italian premier.

Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, and Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, are also expected to attend.

The Times reported that Trump could hold a meeting with Johnson ahead of all other G7 leaders as a “signal of intent” about a post-Brexit trade deal.

The report adds Trump “genuinely believes” that a no-deal Brexit is better than Mrs May’s EU withdrawal agreement. “They genuinely believe it’s the best way to go, they don’t think a no-deal Brexit will be a bad problem.”