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“Upset” Trump “Slams Phone Down” On Boris Johnson

US President, Donald Trump reportedly slammed the phone down on Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a phone call last week.

The US president slammed the phone down on Mr Johnson, according to the Evening Standard and a report in the Daily Express.

The altercation between the two leaders reportedly took place last week and was triggered by Boris Johnson’s decison to give Chinese company ‘Huawei’ a role in the future of the UK’s 5G network.

The US government has banned the Chinese firm from developing their future 5G infrastructure. The British government insists Huawei will be given a limited role and only allowed to work on non-central elements of the network.

During the phone call, Trump was “apoplectic” according to a Westminster source.

Officials were said to be “taken aback by the force of the president’s language” according to reports in the Financial Times.

The US president and Boris Johnson appear to have a good working relationship and Trump has praised Boris for winning the recent general election and taking the UK out of the European Union.

Trump predicted in 2016 the UK would vote to leave the EU. Boris Johnson will not be visiting the United States this month, contrary to previous plans.

Downing St said: “The Prime Minister underlined the importance of like-minded countries working together to diversify the market and break the dominance of a small number of companies,”

The White House said: “Today, President Donald J Trump spoke with Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom. The two leaders discussed critical regional and bilateral issues, including telecommunications security.”

Thomas Wright, an US-Europe relations expert said: “To me, the significance of the phone call is that it shows that Trump is very engaged and very upset. This is not going to blow over and it will have implications.”

The US government is keen to strike a trade deal with the United Kingdom now she is no longer a member of the European Union. The British government shares this view and in a speech earlier this week Boris Johnson pledged to enter into negotiations with the EU and other countries simultaneously.

As a member of the European Union, specifically the Customs Union, trade negotiations are delegated to European Union negotiators.

* Article feed supplied by Political UK


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