Piers Morgan claims President Donald Trump called the Queen a “fantastic woman” following their historic meeting at Windsor Castle.
Mr Trump and first lady Melania were due to spend half an hour with the Queen on Thursday but stayed longer than expected after their afternoon tea overran by 20 minutes.
Following the meeting, Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan boarded Air Force One at Stansted Airport in Essex to speak with the US president and quizzed him on the Queen, Brexit and Kim Jong Un.
“Well I fully intend to [run in 2020]. It seems like everybody wants me to,” he was quoted in the Mail on Sunday as saying.
On the Queen, Morgan quoted Mr Trump as saying: “The Queen is fantastic! She’s a fantastic woman; so much energy and smart and sharp. She was amazing! Such a wonderful lady and so beautiful! It was such an honour to finally meet her. To have a Queen like that is great.”
During the Queen’s 66-year reign there have been 13 American presidents – from Harry S Truman to Mr Trump – and she has now met all of them barring Lyndon B Johnson.
Mr Trump said his mother, Mary Anne Trump, who died in 2000 at the age of 88, was a “tremendous fan” of the Queen.
“She is so sharp, so wise, so beautiful. Up close, you see she’s so beautiful. She’s a very special person. And the way she’s conducted herself for so many years.”
He added: “And she’s got a lotta years left.”
Morgan’s interview with Mr Trump airs on ITV’s Good Morning Britain at 6am BST on Monday.