According to an official close to Johnson, the U.S. president called the former foreign secretary and suggested they have a one-to-one meeting. The official said that Johnson thanked Trump but declined the invitation as he had to prepare for a Tory leadership campaign event.

Instead, they had a 20-minute call that was described as “friendly and productive.”

Trump said ahead of his visit that he might meet Johnson and Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage.