UPDATED: Trump and Johnson in bilateral meeting in Biarritz

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US President Donald J. Trump (R) and Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) pose as they arrive for a bilateral meeting during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, 25 August 2019. The G7 Summit runs from 24 to 26 August in Biarritz.

At the meeting Trump said that “we will have very a big trade deal with UK”. Trump also said Boris Johnson is the “right man for the job” to deliver Brexit.

Before the meeting, Johnson used a pre-G7 summit phone call to U.S. President Donald Trump to demand he lower trade barriers and open up parts of the U.S. economy to British firms, citing a wide range of markets from cars to cauliflowers.

Brexit advocates, including Johnson, have hailed the ability to strike free trade deals with countries such as the United States as one of the main benefits of leaving the EU. Critics say the terms that Trump will demand are likely to damage the British economy in the long run.

G7 Summit Biarritz in France
US President Donald J. Trump (2-L) and Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) hold a bilateral meeting during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, 25 August 2019. The G7 Summit runs from 24 to 26 August in Biarritz.

President Donald Trump said he has confidence in new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to carry out Brexit talks with the European Union.

Speaking to reporters during their first meeting since Johnson’s elevation to the post, Trump says of Johnson and the talks: “He needs no advice. He’s the right man for the job.”

Johnson faces what he called “tough talks” in the weeks and months ahead with the EU as they hurtle toward a no-deal exit in October. He joked to Trump that “you’re on message there.”

Trump also appeared to speak disapprovingly of Theresa May, Johnson’s predecessor, saying approvingly that the new prime minister is “a different person.” Trump frequently criticized May’s handling of the talks.

Photos: EPA-EFE/DYLAN MARTINEZ / POOL

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