President Trump praises Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson ahead of UK visit

US President Donald Trump has praised two of Theresa May's political rivals just days before his state visit to the UK.

Mr Trump will be in the UK for a three-day visit from June 3-5 and his comments risk embarrassing the Prime Minister, who is due to quit as Tory leader later that week.

Mr Trump hinted that he may meet Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage and Tory leadership frontrunner Boris Johnson during his trip, describing both men as friends.

And he highlighted the Brexit Party's success in the European elections, where Mr Farage's outfit helped to humiliate Mrs May's Conservatives.

Speaking to reporters in Washington, Mr Trump said: "Nigel Farage is a friend of mine. Boris is a friend of mine. They are two very good guys, very interesting people."

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US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump with Queen Elizabeth II in the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle, Windsor.
US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are greeted by Queen Elizabeth II as they arrive at Windsor Castle, Windsor.
US President Donald Trump and Queen Elizabeth II walk in the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle, Windsor.
Queen Elizabeth II and Lieutenant Colonel Sir Andrew Ford walk in the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle, Windsor ahead of a ceremonial welcome for US President Donald Trump.
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Queen Elizabeth II and US President Donald Trump walk in the Quadrangle during a ceremonial welcome at Windsor Castle, Windsor.
US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump with Queen Elizabeth II in the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle, Windsor.
Queen Elizabeth II and US President Donald Trump walk in the Quadrangle during a ceremonial welcome at Windsor Castle, Windsor.
Queen Elizabeth II, US President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and Lieutenant Colonel Sir Andrew Ford walk in the Quadrangle during a ceremonial welcome at Windsor Castle, Windsor.
US President Donald Trump and Queen Elizabeth II inspect a Guard of Honour, formed of the Coldstream Guards, at Windsor Castle, Windsor.
US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are greeted by Queen Elizabeth II as they arrive at Windsor Castle, Windsor.
Queen Elizabeth II, US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk in the Quadrangle during a ceremonial welcome at Windsor Castle, Windsor.
Queen Elizabeth II and US President Donald Trump walk in the Quadrangle during a ceremonial welcome at Windsor Castle, Windsor.
Queen Elizabeth II, US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump during a ceremonial welcome at Windsor Castle, Windsor.
Queen Elizabeth II and US President Donald Trump look on as soldiers from the Coldstream Guards march past during a ceremonial welcome at Windsor Castle, Windsor.
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In a reference to the European elections he said: "Nigel's had a big victory, he's picked up 32% of the vote starting from nothing.

"I think they are big powers over there, I think they have done a good job."

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