Boris Johnson and Donald Trump – Two of a Kind?

US President Donald Trump is virtually ecstatic about the emergence of Boris Johnson as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom – at least in public.

In his first tweet after Boris Johnson’s election on Tuesday, Trump said, ‘Congratulations to Boris Johnson on becoming the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He will be great!’

DT had not hidden his preference for UK PM since it was clear Theresa May whom he disrespected a lot was on her way out of 10 Downing Street, predicting last week that Johnson would “do a great job” and that they would get along well. “He’s a different kind of guy, but they say I’m a different kind of guy, too,” Trump emphasised.






There is no doubt that both men have a lot in common, not just the blonde mop of hair on their head!

Controversy seems to trail them and their boisterous, swashbuckling manners and rambunctious speaking styles pitch them in the same boat. So also is their ability to play one side against the other in their politicking to their own advantage. Their private lives too, lean towards the contentious, with near scandals having popped up here and there in their history. Both have also been recorded as making touchy comments about women which have attracted loud condemnation and their immigration focus may be another area of similarity.

Trump has loudly commended Johnson on his election with some flowery words yesterday: “We have a really good man. He’s going to be the prime minister of the U.K. now, Boris Johnson,” Trump said to some young people at the Teen Student Action Summit in Washington.

Do the British people really like Donald Trump? That is very debatable. His lack of diplomatic poise and temperance in speech is everything un-British! Protests dogged his last visit to the UK. Some analysts think it will not do Boris Johnson any good to be considered like a British Trump if he expects to be elected by the whole country during the next election.
Will the relationship between the US and UK blossom with the two men at the helm in both countries? How long will the romance between Donald Trump and Boris Johnson last and to what extent can we begin to mix up their names as Donald Johnson and Boris Trump?
Time will tell.

Epa Ogie Eboigbe, veteran journalist, broadcaster and public affairs specialist writes and analyses current and historical issues with a ‘wise pen’.

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