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Trump, Tony Blair Bless Boris Johnson to Succeed May as PM

Trump, Tony Blair Bless Boris Johnson to Succeed May as PM
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Theresa May han't resigned as Britain’s prime minister, and Boris Johnson hasn't declared his candidacy, but the flamboyant former foreign secretary has already gotten support for the job from U.S. President Donald Trump and former Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Last week, Trump wished May well in her anticipated retirement from office following the rancorous Brexit debate.

Asked if he has a favorite candidate to succeed her, Trump replied: “Boris Johnson is a friend.”

Trump’s comment underscored what he said about Johnson last year, when the then-foreign secretary resigned from May’s Cabinet to protest her handling of Britain’s withdrawl from the European Union.

Asked about Johnson by the Sun, Trump replied that he felt the former London mayor and chairman of the winning Brexit campaign “would be a great prime minister. I think he’s got what it takes.”

Two days ago, Blair, a Labourite who was prime minister from 1997-2007,  predicted to the Huffington Post that Labour’s far-left leader Jeremy Corbyn would lead the party to defeat against a Conservative Party headed by Johnson.

“If you have a Boris Johnson-led Conservative Party, he’s a formidable campaigner, he’s an interesting personality, he can get out there and do his stuff, for sure,” said Blair.

He added that “if you have a right-wing populism in this country against a left-wing populism, the right-wing will win.”

Regarding the fears of many on both sides of the aisle that Corbyn could become prime minister, Blair said the idea that middle-of-the-road voters could be won over by “a revolutionary alternative from the left” was a “bizarre analysis.”

Asked what fellow Labourites should do when they felt they were “voting their heart” by supporting Corbyn, Blair once famously replied: “Get a transplant!”

Corbyn has long suggested Blair should stand trial for war crimes for leading the UK into the Iraqi War in 2003.

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
 

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