A reshuffle after May’s local elections would allow Mr Johnson to promote newly elected Tory MPs pushing for cabinet posts, but could risk creating new old Cabinet critics.
Ms Patel has faced speculation she may be moved from the Home Office amid record numbers of migrants crossing the Channel in small boats.
But Mr Johnson backed his proposal to send those who arrive illegally to the UK to have their asylum claims processed in Rwanda.
Asked if Ms Patel had saved her job by announcing Rwanda politics, Mr Johnson said: “You are not going to get more of me on politicians or Westminster politics narrow way, we have to focus on the agenda. country.”
Earlier this month it emerged that Mr Sunak, along with Mr Johnson, had been fined by police for breaching Covid rules as part of the ‘partygate’ investigation.
Speaking in Washington for the IMF’s spring meeting on Thursday, Mr Sunak said he was “extremely and sincerely sorry” for the harm he had caused by attending a birthday meeting for Mr Johnson during the lock.
“I fully respect the decision taken by the police,” he told the BBC. “I immediately paid the fixed fine and am extremely and sincerely sorry for the hurt and anger this has caused so many people.”
When asked if he had considered quitting, he replied, “No. I’m concentrating on the job I have to do.”