Top British diplomat on Trump: There is a ‘method in his madness’

Top British diplomat on Trump: There is a ‘method in his madness’
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U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Thursday that he is growing to admire President TrumpDonald John TrumpArizona GOP Senate candidate defends bus tour with far-right activist Alyssa Milano protests Kavanaugh in 'Handmaid's Tale' costume Bomb in deadly Yemen school bus attack was manufactured by US firm: report MORE, saying there is a "method in his madness."

“I am increasingly admiring of Donald Trump,” Johnson said in a leaked audio excerpt from an appearance at the Institute of Directors in London, obtained by BuzzFeed News.

“I have become more and more convinced that there is method in his madness," he continued. 

“Imagine Trump doing Brexit. He’d go in bloody hard … There’d be all sorts of breakdowns, all sorts of chaos. Everyone would think he’d gone mad. But actually, you might get somewhere. It’s a very, very good thought," he said. 

Johnson has previously lobbied against Trump's decision to leave the Iran nuclear deal. 

Johnson's comments come before Trump is set to make his first official visit as president to the U.K. in July. 

The visit will include a meeting between Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May, who have clashed on issues including trade and terrorism. 

Trump has also clashed with London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who hinted in April that there could be protests in the British capital during Trump's visit. 

"If he comes to London, President Trump will experience an open and diverse city that has always chosen unity over division and hope over fear. He will also no doubt see that Londoners hold their liberal values of freedom of speech very dear," Khan said in a tweet.