‘We know what it’s like’: Britain leads tributes for Trump as critics also pile in

London: If there is one country that can appreciate the shock of their leader contracting coronavirus it is Britain.

The effects of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's near-death experience with COVID-19 are still written across his face. In April, he was hospitalised for a week and spent three days in intensive care.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was seriously ill in April after contracting COVID-19.Credit:AP

Johnson's cabinet minister Robert Jenrick led tributes on Friday.

"All of us want to send our best wishes to President Trump, the first lady and the Trump family and wish them a speedy recovery," Jenrick told Britain's Sky.

"We know what it's like to have, in our case a prime minister who tested positive for COVID, and setting aside politics we all want to see him and his wife get better soon," Jenrick said.

Others have been less charitable.

In France, government spokesman Gabriel Attal took at swipe at Trump's own chaotic handling of the pandemic, which he has admitted he played down.

"This demonstrates that the virus spares no one, including those who have shown scepticism," Attal said on French television.

"I wish him a swift recovery."

In China, Hu Xijin, the editor of China's nationalist propaganda outlet Global Times was savage.

"President Trump and the first lady have paid the price for his gamble to play down the COVID-19," Hu said.

"The news shows the severity of the US' pandemic situation. It will impose a negative impact on the image of Trump and the US, and may also negatively affect his re-election."

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