Johnson-Trump next meeting. Boris Johnson tells Donald Trump not to endorse him when he visits UK next week.
Boris Johnson and Donald Trump met at the UN headquarters in New York on September 24. The prime minister has said he would not welcome the US president’s endorsement on his forthcoming visit to the UK. Mr Trump has repeatedly praised Mr Johnson, hailing him as “Britain Trump” and a “good man” in a speech this year. He suggested Mr Johnson should form a pact with Nigel Farage and the Brexit Party.
However, senior Conservatives fear that Mr Trump’s endorsement could be “weaponised” by the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, who claims that the NHS will be “up for sale” in a post-Brexit trade deal with the US. The president is visiting London on Monday and Tuesday next week for a Nato summit. Asked whether he would “welcome” Mr Trump’s support, Mr Johnson told LBC radio: “We have very close friendships and relationships with the United States at every level of government, but what we don’t do traditionally as loving allies and friends is get involved in each other’s election campaigns.
Johnson-Trump next meeting.
“I may just remind you that one of the cardinal moments of the referendum campaign in 2016 was when Barack Obama turned up and weighed in heavily on the side of Remain in a way that was not entirely conducive to the good of that cause. “When you have close friends and allies like the US and UK, the best thing is for neither side to get involved in each other’s election campaigns.” Mr Johnson also refused to say that Jacob Rees-Mogg will keep his job as Leader of the Commons if the Tories win the general election.
Mr Rees-Mogg has been almost entirely absent from the Conservative election campaign since suggesting it would have been “common sense” to have ignored the fire brigade’s advice and flee the Grenfell Tower fire. Mr Johnson was asked about Mr Rees-Mogg’s future by Nick Ferrari during an interview with LBC. Mr Johnson said: “I’m not going to get into the measuring up the curtains type conversation. That all comes under the general category of measuring up the curtains.”
It comes after he confirmed this month that Sajid Javid, the chancellor, would keep his job amid mounting speculation that he could be moved on. Cabinet ministers are increasingly concerned that Mr Johnson could mount a significant reshuffle if he wins a big majority, as forecast by polls. During an interview at the start of the election campaign Mr Rees-Mogg told Mr Ferrari on LBC: “The more one’s read over the weekend about the report and about the chances of people surviving, if you just ignore what you’re told and leave you are so much safer.
“And I think if either of us were in a fire, whatever the fire brigade said, we would leave the burning building. It just seems the commonsense thing to do. And it is such a tragedy that that didn’t happen.” He subsequently apologised for his comments. Mr Johnson distanced himself from suggestions that the Tories could review the public service obligations of Channel 4 after he was replaced with an ice sculpture when he declined to appear in a TV debate on climate change.
He said: “I want a free, fair, exuberant, unbridled media — that’s what I want. I think a free press is one of the glories of our country. I want to protect it.” Mr Johnson was also confronted by a single mother about a column he wrote in 1995. In the article he described the children of single mothers as “ill-raised, ignorant, aggressive and illegitimate”. Asked about the column, he said: “I just want to say to you that I mean absolutely no disrespect to you or indeed towards anybody. But these are 25-year-old quotations, culled from articles written before I was even in politics. And which actually, when you look at the article itself, bears no resemblance to what is claimed.”
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