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Is Boris Johnson Britain's Donald Trump?

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Published on July 19, 2019 - Duration: 02:57s

Is Boris Johnson Britain's Donald Trump?

Donald Trump backed Boris Johnson to be the UK's next prime minister, which looks very likely to happen.

With their shock of blond hair and populist politics, the two men are often likened.

So is this the start of a very "special relationship"?

Lucy Fielder and Guy Faulconbridge report.

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Is Boris Johnson Britain's Donald Trump?

This could be the start of a very "Special Relationship".

Donald Trump backed Boris Johnson to be the UK's next prime minister at the start of his leadership campaign...saying he'd do a "very good job".

As we wait to find out if that's true, many see parallels between the two men that go beyond the blond.

Reuters' Guy Faulconbridge says BoJo is Britain's Trump.

SOUNDBITE (English) REUTERS UK BUREAU CHIEF, GUY FAULCONBRIDGE, SAYING: "Boris has the hair like Donald Trump, he also has the ability to enrage, infuriate and charm sections of the electorate.

And he's willing to go into issues, controversial issues, that other poltiicians wouldn't dare go into.

And like Donald Trump, he has the guile, the political nous, to get to the top and stay there." For years it has been an open secret that Boris -- as he's known -- wants to be prime minister.

Many believed that was why he swung behind Brexit in 2016, taking voters with him.

The former mayor of London was seen as a remainer.

SOUNDBITE (English) REUTERS UK BUREAU CHIEF, GUY FAULCONBRIDGE, SAYING: "Both Boris Johnson and Donald Trump cast themselves as the anti-establishment choice, but in fact, both are from the very heart of their respective establishments.

They cast themselves as the choice of the common man.

They give blunt, often controversial assessments of what's going on and court publicity, presenting themselves as the choice of the wider country, outside the capitals." Both men bounce back from scandals that would fell other politicians.

Trump became embroiled in another racism scandal this week.

While some of Johnson's newspaper columns have been notorious.

One likened women wearing the Muslim face-veil to bank-robbers.

Another spoke of Africans with "watermelon smiles" and used a derogatory term for black children.

Still, it wasn't always a love-in: as London Mayor, Boris called Trump "out of his mind" for trying to ban Muslims entering the United States.

SOUNDBITE (English) REUTERS UK BUREAU CHIEF, GUY FAULCONBRIDGE, SAYING: "So Donald Trump has made his views on immigration pretty clear.

Boris Johson is slightly different.

He's a much more cosmopolitan character, born in New York, he lived in Brussels as a child.

And Boris Johnson has a much more liberal view of immigration.

But he's not averse to attacking immigration when it suits his political aims." Critics derided Johnson as Trump's poodle this month, when he failed to back UK ambassador to Washington Kim Darroch in a row over leaked cables that criticised Trump.

BoJo was blamed when Darroch quit.

Johnson says he'll take Britain out of the EU in a few months, come what may -- and all eyes will then be on his transatlantic ties.

SOUNDBITE (English) REUTERS UK BUREAU CHIEF, GUY FAULCONBRIDGE, SAYING: "The relationship between Donald Trump and Boris Johnson will be the key one.

Boris Johnson will be thrown towards the United States because the United Kingdom is leaving the European Union.

And to get that leverage with the European Union, Boris Johnson will have to get very, very close to Donald Trump."

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