US President Donald Trump on Friday hailed Italy's novice prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, as "very strong" on immigration, days after the European nation rejected a ship loaded with migrants.
"New prime minister of Italy is great. Got to meet him" at the Group of Seven summit last week in Canada, Trump told Fox News during a wide-ranging interview at the White House.
"Very strong on immigration -- like I am, by the way," the president added.
Conte is a political novice. Weeks ago he was a little-known academic, but on June 1 the anti-establishment 53-year-old was suddenly propelled to the helm of one of the eurozone's largest economies.