Trump congratulates Boris Johnson: 'He will be great' prime minister

Trump congratulates Boris Johnson: 'He will be great' prime minister
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpGraham: America must 'accept the pain that comes in standing up to China' Weld 'thrilled' more Republicans are challenging Trump New data challenges Trump's economic narrative MORE on Tuesday congratulated Boris Johnson after it was announced Johnson would become the country's next prime minister.

"Congratulations to Boris Johnson on becoming the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom," tweeted Trump. "He will be great!"

Johnson won a Conservative Party leadership contest, garnering 92,153 votes compared to rival Jeremy Hunt's 46,656. 

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The politicians have had a positive relationship in the past, with Trump saying prior to Johnson's election that he would be an “excellent” prime minister.

“I like him. I have always liked him. I don’t know that he is going to be chosen, but I think he is a very good guy, a very talented person,” Trump told The Sun of Johnson in an interview during his U.K. visit this year.

Outgoing Prime Minister Theresa MayTheresa Mary MayTrump promises 'very big trade deal' with Britain post-Brexit Here are the US allies that have been caught in Trump's crosshairs Five things to watch as Trump heads to G-7 summit MORE, whose resignation triggered the leadership contest, also voiced support for Johnson despite having often being the target of his criticism. 

Johnson after being elected pledged "to get Brexit done." He will become prime minister Wednesday.