Boris Johnson Speaks Fondly of Trumps Tweets
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has praised Donald Trump for capturing the world’s imagination with his informal style.
Speaking during an interview on the BBC Radio 4’s ‘Today’ show, Johnson admitted he envies the US president for being able to freely tweet his opinions and regrets not being able to do the same.
He said: “Donald Trump’s approach to politics has been something that has gripped the imagination of people around the world. He has engaged people in politics in a way that we haven’t seen for a long time, with his tweets and all the rest of it.
“I certainly wouldn’t be allowed to tweet in the way that he does, much as I might like to. I’m seeing my Foreign Office minders looking extremely apprehensive here.”
Johnson’s blond hair and flexibility with the truth have led to comparisons with the US president. But if he wants to emulate Trump’s direct style on Twitter he may have to try harder. His bland tweets suggest Foreign Office mandarins are firmly in control and may have a hand in writing them.
A day after Trump tweeted a video of himself wrestling CNN to the ground, Johnson was tweeting about how great it was to meet up with his Iraqi counterpart.
The foreign secretary’s comments come as he prepares to accompany Prime Minister Theresa May to Hamburg for the G20 summit, where it is expected she will have a one-on-one meeting with Trump to discuss issues including climate change and North Korea’s recent missile test.
May has previously been accused of cozying up to the US president as she failed to reproach him over his controversial policies, such as an order to ban people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US.
She has, however, invited Trump to the UK, despite the threat of mass protests and a 1.8 million-strong petition calling for the invitation to be rescinded.
Johnson has been the strongest defender of Trump in the British government. Earlier this year the foreign secretary attacked Trump’s British critics for “demonising” the president with “distasteful” comparisons with totalitarian leaders from history.
He has also been a strong advocate for Trump’s planned, but now delayed, state visit to the UK.
“We in the UK do not agree, by any means, with everything that Washington currently says,” said Johnson.
“Whether it’s on NATO, climate change, the Iran nuclear accord, it is the UK that is actually helping, we think, to mitigate, to get some of those American attitudes and policies that are currently coming out of the White House into a better place.
“If you look at the last 12 months or so there has been a great deal of progress.”