US President Donald Trump has said that Americans are praying for Boris Johnson’s recovery.
Mr Trump opened his daily coronavirus news conference at the White House with a tribute to Britain’s prime minister, saying: “I want to send best wishes to a very good friend of mine, and a friend to our nation, Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
“We are very saddened to hear that he was taken into intensive care this afternoon.
“Americans are all praying for his recovery – he’s been a really good friend and something very special: strong, resolute, doesn’t quit, doesn’t give up.”
Mr Trump confirmed that his administration has contacted “all of Johnson’s doctors”.
And the president said he has asked two leading companies that helped find treatments for AIDS and Ebola to contact London immediately.
Discussing coronavirus, he later added: “When you get into intensive care it really, really gets serious with this disease.”
News that Mr Johnson’s condition has deteriorated has been met with well wishes from around the world, as well as from British politicians.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak tweeted to say he was thinking about the prime minister and his pregnant fiancee, Carrie Symonds, and added: “I know he’ll be getting the best care possible and will come out of this even stronger.”
While in her post, the Home Secretary, Priti Patel said that she was wishing Mr Johnson a “speedy recovery”, and said “we are thinking of you”.
I know he’ll be getting the best care possible and will come out of this even stronger.
— rishisunak (@RishiSunak) April 6, 2020
Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the House of Commons, said “I know the thoughts and prayers of everyone across the House are with the Prime Minister and his family right now.
“We all wish him a speedy recovery.”
Former prime minister Theresa May offered him her thoughts and prayers – and urging people to stay at home, she warned: “This horrific virus does not discriminate.”
My thoughts and prayers are with @BorisJohnson and his family as he continues to receive treatment in hospital.
This horrific virus does not discriminate. Anyone can get it. Anyone can spread it. Please #StayHomeSaveLives
— Theresa May (@theresa_may) April 6, 2020
Mrs May’s predecessor David Cameron told Mr Johnson: “We all want you safe, well and back in 10 Downing Street.”
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) April 6, 2020
There has also been support from politicians from other parties, including the new Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, who tweeted to say it was “terribly sad news”.
In a post, he said: “All the country’s thoughts are with the prime minister and his family during this incredibly difficult time.”
His remarks were echoed by Jeremy Corbyn, who thanked the NHS for their “hard work and dedication”.
Former Labour leader Ed Miliband, who now holds the role of shadow business secretary, said he was “deeply concerned” to hear about Boris Johnson’s condition.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said that St Thomas’ Hospital, where Mr Johnson is being treated, has “some of the finest medical staff in the world” and that the PM “couldn’t be in safer hands”.
Acting Liberal Democrats leader Ed Davey offered his “best wishes for an early full recovery”, and said the country must beat COVID-19 together.
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that her “thoughts are with the PM and his family – sending him every good wish”.
And the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby asked people to join him in “praying for Boris Johnson and his loved ones”.
The news that our Prime Minister has been moved to intensive care deepens our compassion for all who are seriously ill and for those caring for them. I invite all people of faith to join me in praying for @BorisJohnson and his loved ones.
— Archbishop of Canterbury (@JustinWelby) April 6, 2020
Politicians across Europe have also offered their best wishes to the prime minister, with French President Emmanuel Macron saying he was thinking of Mr Johnson “at this difficult time”.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who is also battling a major coronavirus crisis, has tweeted his “solidarity and wishes” to his British counterpart.
He added: “These are difficult days for our countries, but from strength and unity we will be able to win this battle. A hug to all the British people.”
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte offered Mr Johnson’s family “and the British people lots of strength”, and said he “hoped to be able to speak to him soon in good health”.
And Ursula von der Leyen, president of the EU Commission, offered Mr Johnson a “speedy and full recovery”.
Britain has no formal succession plan should the prime minister become incapacitated, but he has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to deputise for him “where necessary”.
Downing Street said last night: “Over the course of this afternoon, the condition of the prime minister has worsened and, on the advice of his medical team, he has been moved to the intensive care unit at the hospital.
“The PM has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is the first secretary of state, to deputise for him where necessary. The PM is receiving excellent care, and thanks all NHS staff for their hard work and dedication.”
Author: Adam Rittenberg