Boris Johnson: Trump wishes ‘friend’ Johnson well, says US ‘praying for his recovery’


Donald Trump wishes Boris Johnson: US president says reports on Boris Johnson’s condition ‘so shocking’ as other world leaders send their well-wishes. US President Donald Trump on Monday sent his best wishes to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, saying Americans were praying for him after he was admitted to intensive care with worsening COVID-19 symptoms.

“I also want to send best wishes to a very good friend of mine and a friend to our nation, Prime Minister Boris Johnson,” Trump said at a press conference.

“We’re very saddened to hear he was taken into intensive care this afternoon, a little while ago. Americans are all praying for his recovery.”

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Donald Trump was the latest of a number of world leaders to send good wishes to Johnson, 55, who was admitted to a hospital in London on Monday night, after suffering persistent coronavirus symptoms, including a high temperature, for more than 10 days.

Also he said that,“We’ll see if we can be of help. We’ve contacted all of Boris’ doctors and we’ll see what is going to take place. But they are ready to go,”.

Trump and Johnson have a close relationship, sharing a similar nationalist message of cracking down on immigration and seeking bilateral, rather than regional trade deals.

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“I’ve gotten to know him [Johnson]. He’s just such an incredible guy,” Trump said.

“It was just so shocking to see that because you know what that means – intensive care is a big deal with regard to what we’re talking about. That’s a very big deal. Very scary deal.”

The British prime minister’s office had said Johnson was in good spirits and still in charge, though his condition deteriorated in the early evening on Monday, and he was transferred at about 18:00 GMT to an intensive care unit – where the most serious cases are treated – at St Thomas’ Hospital in London.

Johnson had reportedly received oxygen, a source told Reuters news agency.

Messages of support for Johnson have poured in from around the world since it was confirmed he had been admitted to hospital.

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Donald Trump wishes Boris Johnson: ‘Rapid return to health’

Meanwhile, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said: “Boris Johnson is in our thoughts tonight. We wish him a speedy recovery and a rapid return to health.”

Michel Barnier, the chief European Union Brexit negotiator,  also said his thoughts were with Johnson and his family. Carrie Symonds, Johnson’s 32-year-old partner who is pregnant, said she had coronavirus symptoms but was now feeling better.

Britain has no formal succession plan should the prime minister become incapacitated but Johnson has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to stand in for him while he is sick.

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