Donald Trump has promised to stay out of the UK general election as he visits for the NATO summit – but said Boris Johnson will do a good job.
Mr Trump said he backed Brexit, and even predicted it, as he spoke to reporters alongside NATO’s president Jens Stoltenberg.
Asked about interfering in the 12 December poll, Mr Trump said: “I don’t want to complicate it. I’ve won a lot of elections for a lot of people.”
He went on: “I’ll stay out of the election. I’m a fan of Brexit, I called it. I was here, they asked if it was going to happen and I said yes and they smiled, it was just my opinion.
“I’ll stay out of it, but Boris is very capable and I think he will do a good job.”
He also addressed the claims that the US wants access to the NHS in a future trade deal with the UK, saying he “never even thought about it” and “if you handed the NHS on a silver platter, we would not want it”.
Mr Trump also criticised French president Emmanuel Macron for calling NATO “brain dead”.
“France is not doing well economically at all, they are struggling. It’s a tough statement to make when you have such difficulty in France.
“You look at what happened with the Yellow Vests, you can’t go around making statements like that. It’s disrespectful,” Mr Trump said.
He went on: “No one needs NATO more than France.
“That’s why I think when France makes a statement like they do about NATO that’s very dangerous.”
He said he would not allow France to take advantage of American companies like Twitter and Facebook through taxing them, saying he would tax them on wine and other products.
“These were companies which were against me, they were meant to be very powerful but I won so maybe they aren’t so powerful.
“But if anyone is going to tax them, it’ll be America.”