Boris Johnson to hold talks with Donald Trump as he edges closer to returning to work full-time
Boris Johnson will speak to Donald Trump as he continues his recovery from Covid-19 (PA)
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Boris Johnson is set to hold talks with Donald Trump today as he edges closer to a return to full-time work following his hospitalisation with coronavirus.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman confirmed he is continuing to recuperate at Chequers on the advice of his medical team after spending four days in intensive care.
But he also revealed Mr Johnson spoke to Canadian PM Justin Trudeau on Monday following the mass shooting which killed at least 18 people in Nova Scotia.
And he is also set to hold his first weekly audience with the Queen for three weeks, via telephone, where he will wish the monarch a happy birthday as she turns 94.
The PM’s spokesman said he “isn't formally doing Government work” as of yet - but it appears Mr Johnson is easing himself back into his role with a call to the White House planned for Tuesday afternoon.
Mr Johnson is due to thank Mr Trump for his messages of support as he the PM dealt with Covid-19, and also get an update from the American president on the global response to the pandemic.
The spokesman said: “The Prime Minister is continuing his recovery at Chequers and isn't formally doing Government work.
“He has been receiving updates from Number 10 on the coronavirus response and has spoken with the First Secretary of State [Dominic Raab] and with senior members of his team.
“Yesterday he sent a message of condolence to Justin Trudeau after the very sad loss of life in the shooting in Canada.
“Later today at around about 2pm he will be speaking with President Trump. The US is a current G7 president and it will be an opportunity for an update and also to thank the President for the messages of support he sent to the Prime Minister.
“And then later this week the PM is expect to have an audience with Her Majesty the Queen, and that will be the first for three weeks.”
The spokesman said Mr Raab continues to deputise for Mr Johnson, and will be taking Prime Minister’s Questions from the Commons chamber on Wednesday, the first such session under the hybrid digital Parliament rules.
The First Secretary of State will also chair a Cabinet meeting on Thursday, Number 10 confirmed.
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