U.S. ambassador leaves door open to Trump meeting with Johnson

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The New Zealand dollar rose against the British pound to the highest level in nearly two weeks after UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson became the latest minister to resign from Theresa May's Conservative government over her Brexit plans.

As May attempts to unify her party behind her proposals, commentators said Trump meeting Johnson would suggest backing for his view that May's plans would inhibit Britain's ability to forge new free trade deals.

"Next week is another big dramatic week, we will have a resignation speech from Boris Johnson and we will have some crucial amendments being voted on in the House of Commons".

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"He's been very, very supportive and very nice to me".

Boris Johnson's decision to quit at the start of the week, along with Brexit minister David Davis and other officials, threatened to destabilise May's government and her plans for a business-friendly Brexit, agreed with top ministers last week. Contact with him by the US president during his visit would be seen by many as an insult to May. Maybe we'll speak to him when I get over there. "That dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt".

His trip coincides with a tumultuous week for the British prime minister after two senior ministers resigned in protest at her plans for trade with the European Union after Britain leaves next March.

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"She was the first foreign dignitary to visit the US when he became president".

Answering questions from reporters on the lawn of the White House as he and his wife Melania prepared to board the Marine One presidential helicopter, Mr Trump said: "Boris Johnson is a friend of mine". Anti-Trump protesters are expected to take to the streets of London during his visit to Britain. Frankly, Putin may be the easiest of all.' - Quote attribution President Donald Trump.

"Are they going to look at what Trump has said and say "yeah absolutely that is how I feel" or do they say "well it is not really the job of an American President to tell us what to think".

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