Over the weekend, Donald Trump endorsed Boris Johnson’s leadership campaign. Boris ‘would do a very good job’, Trump said. At today’s press conference, Jeremy Hunt was also backed by Trump. But one person who didn’t quite make it was Michael Gove. When asked about the Tory leadership contest, Trump had this to say:
‘So I know Boris. I like him – I’ve liked him for a very long time. I think he would do a very good job. I know Jeremy – I think he would do a very good job. I don’t know Michael. Would he do a good job, Jeremy? Tell me.’
Michael Gove would be forgiven for feeling a little hurt given that he has met the president more than once. The Environment Secretary was among Buckingham Palace’s guests at last night’s banquet. He also spent an hour together with Trump when he interviewed him for the Times. It seemed that they got on so well that Trump even found time to pose for some pictures with Gove.
"I don't know Michael" pic.twitter.com/rGRFuvz40A
— Heather Stewart (@GuardianHeather) June 4, 2019
Or perhaps not. Poor Michael Gove. Still, following Trump’s comments about the NHS being up for grabs in a US-UK trade deal, perhaps an endorsement from The Donald isn’t all it’s cracked up to be…