Donald Trump Thanks Boris Johnson 'For Saying He's Making America Great'

President Donald Trump has said that he is "working great together" with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, thanking him for reportedly saying he was doing a good job as president.

Meeting notes leaked to British newspaper The Daily Telegraph revealed that Johnson said Trump was doing "great stuff" and "making America great again."

The meeting, which took place in 2017 back when Johnson was British foreign secretary and official notes were taken, was between Boris Johnson and U.S. diplomats about Trump's foreign policy, particularly on North Korea, China and Syria.

Relations between Trump and Johnson have always seemed close, with the president calling the prime minister a "British Trump" and even Democratic nominee Joe Biden saying that Johnson was a Trump "clone."

But in the past, Johnson has been less complimentary with his words, saying Trump was "unfit" to be president when he was the mayor of London.

"I think Donald Trump is clearly out of his mind," the prime minister said in 2015, after Trump had called for Muslims to be banned from entering the U.S.

In calling for that, Trump showed "a quite stupefying ignorance that makes him, frankly, unfit to hold the office of president of the United States," Johnson said.

Thank you Boris, working great together!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 8, 2020

The U.K. and the U.S. are still in trade negotiations for a deal following Britain's withdrawal from the European Union. The U.K. has been pushing for a quick deal but it now looks likely that negotiations will only conclude after the U.S. election on November 3.

Congress has "threatened" to vote against ratifying a trade deal with the U.K. because of recent escalations in tension during negotiations between Britain and the EU.

"It's not a suggestion, it's not a threat, it's a statement and a reality," Democratic congressman Brendan Boyle has said.

"The Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has said it, the chairman of the House has said it. It would also be very difficult to enter into a trade negotiation with a party that would have just ripped up a very important agreement to us.

"Why would you engage into negotiations with such a party? Because they might just turn around and use the same tactic against you."

The same leaked documents reportedly show that Trump was a lot less warm towards Theresa May, the former British prime minister, saying phone calls could be a "nightmare" and asking what other world leaders thought of her.

The notes were taken by U.S. officials at the time of the meeting or phone calls.