Boris Johnson said that when Donald Trump tried to call him during his recent U.K. trip, he thought it was a prank and hung up the phone.
The former foreign secretary told the Sunday Times that he took a call from someone claiming to be the Downing Street switchboard.
“The person had a mild Irish accent and said, ‘This is the No 10 switchboard, we have got the president of the United States for you. I am just going to patch you through to the White House situation room,’” Johnson said.
“Thinking quickly as I do, I said, ‘To all our listeners on Radio Kilkenny, I was not fooled for an instant.’”
Johnson said he then hung up and called No 10, to be told that “it was the president.”
The two men did eventually speak and Johnson said that Trump “not only wished me well but was very keen to intensify our economic co-operation and to do a free trade deal.”
Trump reportedly asked for a meeting with Johnson but was turned down.
According to an official close to Johnson, he thanked Trump but declined the invitation as he had to prepare for a Tory leadership campaign event.