The beleaguered Foreign Secretary expressed his admiration for the U.S. President’s ability to communicate with his followers across the globe.
Mr Johnson was asked about the positive reception that Trump has received during his tour of the far east, in contrast to the relatively hostile reception he receives in the U.S.
“I think you have got to realise that the American president is just one of the huge great global brands”, he said.
President Donald Trump has been praised by Johnson (Picture: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
“He is penetrating corners of the global consciousness that I think few other presidents have ever done.”
Praising Trump’s Twitter use, he added: “His method of tweeting early in the morning — no matter how rambunctious those tweets may be — they are communicating with people.
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“And, yes, a lot of people don’t like it, but a lot of people relate to it. And in an age when people are being turned off politics, it’s more direct, and more communicative than a lot of previous presidents have managed.”
The controversial endorsement comes in the same week that Johnson faced intense criticism for comments he made about British-Iranian woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who is currently imprisoned in Iran.
Johnson incorrectly claimed that she had been “teaching people journalism” in Iran when she was arrested in the country, a comment which Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s family fear could result in the doubling of her five-year prison sentence.
Mr Trump, meanwhile, is on the charm offensive in China – where he impressed President Xi Jinping by sharing a video of his granddaughter Arabella singing in Mandarin.