US President Donald Trump, Boris Johnson, the main candidate to become Britain's prime minster, and Nigel Farage, the UK’s top eurosceptic politician, constitute an “axis of asses trying to look trumpery,” says a British political analyst in New York.
“Each of them has shown that they are completely untrustworthy, that they will do anything to secure their own political advantage,” Ian Williams told Press TV on Friday.
“Trump has no following in Vritain, even conservatives in Britain regard Trump as a buffoon, and an unreliable buffoon as well,” Williams added.
Williams also said that Johnson and Farage are unknown in the US and Trump’s meeting with them will have “negligible” effect among US voters.
Trump praised Johnson and Farage on Thursday and said he may meet the two British politicians during an upcoming state visit to the UK, where Trump is deeply unpopular.
Speaking outside the White House, Trump described Johnson and Farage as good and interesting guys and said they were friends of him.
Trump said the two, known as the architects of Britain’s imminent withdrawal from the EU, have done a good job in politics.
In an interview Friday with the British tabloid The Sun, Trump said Johnson — the divisive populist and ex-foreign secretary who is favorite to replace outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May — would make an "excellent" prime minister.
"I think Boris would do a very good job. I think he would be excellent," Trump said.
Trump is widely disliked in Britain. He has a positive opinion rating of just 21 percent, according to YouGov, compared to 72 percent for former President Barack Obama.
But he told The Sun Friday that “I don’t imagine any US president was ever closer to your great land.”
"Now I think I am really — I hope — I am really loved in the UK," he added. "I certainly love the UK."
On Tuesday, the day after Trump’s arrival, thousands of people are expected to hit the streets of the capital to protest, like they did during his last visit in July.
Ahead of Trump's arrival, however, some of Britain’s most senior politicians, including opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, have said that the visit is a mistake and that they won’t attend the Queen’s formal state dinner at Buckingham Palace.
And Mayor of London Sadiq Khan called May’s invitation for Trump “ill-judged” and has called on her to revoke it.
Trump's trip, which will take place from June 3 to 5, comes as Britain is facing Brexit, its most significant crisis since World War ll. With no exit deal in sight, and future trade ties with Europe now unresolved, a trade deal with the US has become increasingly important.