The U.S. Ambassador to London on Wednesday said he was unsure whether President Donald Trump would meet Boris Johnson, who resigned from Prime Minister Theresa May's government, during his upcoming trip Britain.
Asked about the balloon, Johnson said: "It's really kind of irrelevant to what we're trying to do and it certainly doesn't express the point of view of the British people I've met".
The Sun, Britain's most popular paper, said Trump's comments were a new blow for Prime Minister Theresa May, who has faced two high-profile resignations from her cabinet and a rebellion by Brexit hardliners this week. I had no intention to but his crazed attacks on the EU, Nato, and WTO have changed things.
Asked if this risked upsetting Mrs May, he added: "I think you have to give all these protagonists, whether it's the Prime Minister or the President, a little leeway here". And I have Putin.
Trump made the remark as he set off on a trip to Europe which includes a visit to Britain where he will hold talks with May who is now wrestling with a political crisis after two top ministers quit over her plans for Brexit.
U.S. ambassador Woody Johnson has left the door open for a possible meeting between Boris Johnson and Donald Trump during the USA president's visit to London.
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"He's been very, very supportive and very nice to me".
But well away from the noisy demonstrations, Mr Trump and Mrs May took questions from reporters.
The spokesman played down the suggestion that Mr Trump would find it easier to talk to President Putin than the PM, saying that it appeared the remark was meant to be "humorous".
"We're extremely confident in the ability of the United Kingdom to plow through this issue with Brexit and move on", he said.
"I can't read that but if Brexiteers see why Trump has said as validating their own position then the pressure, over the course of this weekend, from constituents onto Conservative members of Parliament will get even greater. We have every right to say he's wrong".
"So we will see what happens, we have a long, attractive week".