Boris Johnson vows to stand up to Donald Trump and insists ousted Brit ambassador Sir Kim Darroch has his ‘full support’ – The Sun
BORIS Johnson has vowed to stand up to Donald Trump as he insisted ousted Brit ambassador Sir Kim Darroch has his full support.
The Prime Minister hopeful told supporters today at hustings he would stand up for all of Britain's diplomats if he gets the keys to Downing Street.
The former London Mayor's comments come after refusing to support Sir Darroch, who resigned from his position after memos of him describing Mr Trump as "inept" were leaked, during a live televised debate.
Mr Johnson hit back at accusations that he threw Sir Darroch "under the bus" to strengthen his ties with the US President.
He said: "I will stand up for our fantastic diplomats across the world."
He said he believed Britain's relationship with the United States was the "single most important strategic fact of our times".
Mr Johnson added: "I criticised him as foreign secretary.
"We in the UK do not agree with the position of the United States on global warming or their approach to the Iran nuclear deal. We were very robust and will continue to be robust with the US."
Sir Darroch sensationally resigned yesterday after Mr Trump launched a scathing Twitter attack branding the ambassador as "wacky".
In his resignation letter he said it had become "impossible" to carry out his £185,000-a-year role after leaked memos revealed he called Mr Trump "inept", "insecure" and "incompetent".
In the sensitive documents, Sir Darroch allegedly voiced fears that the American president could also still attack Iran.
He wrote: "We don't really believe this Administration is going to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less faction riven; less diplomatically clumsy and inept."
'HE IS INEPT'
Mr Trump tweeted on Monday blasting Prime Minister Theresa May while harshly commenting on Sir Darroch.
He said: "I have been very critical about the way the UK and Prime Minister Theresa May handled Brexit.
"What a mess she and her representatives have created.
"I told her how it should be done, but she decided to go another way.
"I do not know the Ambassador, but he is not liked or well thought of within the US. We will no longer deal with him."
The Tory leadership frontrunners comments tonight were made during a hustings event where he attended with rival Jeremy Hunt.
Mr had previously come out in full support of Sir Darroch.
The Foreign Secretary stood by popular Sir Kim, 65, who previously worked as the PM’s National Security Adviser.
Mr Hunt said he was "doing his job" as "frank opinions" from ambassadors are vital.
But in a bid to smooth over the Transatlantic rift, Mr Hunt added: "It’s also important to say this was a personal view. It’s not the view of the British government. It’s not my view.
"We continue to think that under President Trump the US administration is not just highly effective but the best possible friend of the United Kingdom on the international stage."
I criticised him as foreign secretary. We in the UK do not agree with the position of the United States on global warming or their approach to the Iran nuclear deal. We were very robust and will continue to be robust with the US.
Members of the Conservative Party will now choose either the ex-Foreign Secretary or his successor to be the new Conservative leader in under four weeks.
A poll of Conservative members by Orb International for the Daily Telegraph showed that if we don't leave the EU on time, 35 per cent will vote for the Brexit Party.
Another 5 per cent will back the Lib Dems with just 56 per cent voting Tory.
A separate poll today confirmed BoJo's status as the runaway favourite in the race for No10.
72 per cent of party members told the Conservative Home website they want him to become PM.
Only 28 per cent said they were voting for Mr Hunt, who has been struggling to overhaul his rival.
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The candidate who receives more than 50 percent of the party vote will become next party leader and therefore Prime Minister.
The winner takes over from Theresa May on July 24.
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