Boris Johnson: Donald Trump is engaging people in politics via Twitter

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A mural in Bristol depicting Donald Trump and Boris Johnson sharing a kiss (Source: Getty)

Donald Trump is well known for stirring up controversy through the medium of Twitter, but today Boris Johnson has found a positive in the US President's penchant for 140-character messages to the public.

"He’s engaged people in politics in a way that we haven’t seen for a long time, with his tweets," the foreign secretary told the BBC. 

"Donald Trump’s approach to politics has been something that has gripped the imagination of people around the world."

Johnson added that he would not be permitted to tweet a la Trump: "I certainly wouldn’t be allowed to tweet like him as much as I might like to. My foreign office minder’s looking extremely apprehensive here."

The Tory MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip has shown his support for the US leader on several occasions in the past. Last November, Johnson said Trump's election was "a great opportunity for us in the UK to build on that relationship with America that is of fundamental economic importance".

He also recently said Trump's UK visit should go ahead after other politicians and the public called for a cancellation.

Trump's tweets have made headlines worldwide since before he was elected President. A few of his greatest Twitter hits include: