US President Donald Trump has said Boris Johnson is “going to be great” after the prime minister tested positive for coronavirus.
The Prime Minister revealed today that he is self-isolating in Downing Street after he developed a dry cough and temperature.
In remarks made at the White House, Trump revealed that pair spoke on the phone on Friday.
The President said he was sure Boris would be “totally great” despite his diagnosis, and that he asked the US to provide ventilators to fight the pandemic.
“Before he even said hello he said, ‘we need ventilators,'” Trump said.
“I said, ‘wow that’s a big statement.’ Hopefully he’s going to be in good shape.”
As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States tops 100,000, Trump has ordered the car company General Motors to mass produce ventilators for patients struck down by the deadly bug.
He has suggested that more than 100,000 of the machines could be quickly produced, with enough spare to be donated to other countries.
Speaking to reporters today, the US President said: “ Boris Johnson was asking for ventilators today.
“As you know, Boris has tested, unfortunately he’s tested positive, and it’s a terrible thing.
“But he’s going to be great. I’m sure he’s going to be totally great.”
“We have countries all over the world that are friends of ours and we will help those countries,” he continued.
“We can help Italy, and we can help the UK.
“Boris Johnson specifically – when I say ‘how you feeling?’ – and the first thing Boris said to me is ‘we need ventilators’.”
The UK has now recorded more than 14,500 confirmed coronavirus cases.
The death toll now stands at 759 – a jump of 31% in just 24 hours – making it the seventh highest after Italy, Spain, China, Iran, the US and France.
Mr Johnson revealed he had tested positive for the flu-like virus in a tweet yesterday, saying he had developed symptoms in the last 24 hours.
The Prime Minister – whose designated deputy is foreign secretary Dominic Raab – insisted he would continue to lead the government through the crisis.
The White House has confirmed that President Trump wished Mr Johnson a speedy recovery following the news.
“The President thanked the Prime Minister for his close friendship and wished him a speedy recovery,” a statement reads.
“President Trump and Prime Minister Johnson agreed to collaborate closely, along with the G7, the G20, and other international partners, to defeat the coronavirus pandemic and boost the global economy.”
“The two leaders also expressed optimism that the United States and the United Kingdom would emerge stronger than ever.”
Mr Trump has previously tested negative for the disease, which has ow infected more Americans than in any other country worldwide.