Trump praises Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt as strong candidates to be British prime minister

Britain's foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt (left) and former foreign secretary Boris Johnson are two of the contenders to replace Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May.
Britain's foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt (left) and former foreign secretary Boris Johnson are two of the contenders to replace Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May.PHOTOS: AFP, REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - US President Donald Trump on Tuesday (June 4) said Mr Boris Johnson and British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt were both strong candidates to become prime minister when he was asked about the race to succeed Mrs Theresa May.

Mr Trump, on the second day of his state visit to Britain, was also asked on Tuesday about a third candidate, Environment Secretary Michael Gove.

"I know Boris, I like him, I've liked him for a long time. I think he would do a very good job," he told a news conference as he stood alongside the outgoing Mrs May and in front of Mr Hunt.

"I know Jeremy, I think he'd do a very good job. I don't know Michael, but would he do a good job? Jeremy tell me," he said to laughter.