Wednesday, July 11, 2018

In Further Blow to Embattled Theresa May, U.S. Ambassador Talks Up Trump-Boris Johnson Meeting

The U.S. Ambassador to London has made clear if the President wants to meet Brexit rebel Boris Johnson during his trip to London, he will, with a meeting which would potentially further undermine the fragile leadership of Theresa May. While British Prime Minister Theresa May might have hoped her meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump Friday could draw a line under the spate of resignations she suffered early in the week, it is likely to only further expose her weakness and divided leadership. After President Trump said he still wanted to meet with Boris Johnson — May’s former Cabinet colleague who resigned his position Monday with a scathing letter making clear his objections to her Brexit plan — U.S. Ambassador Woody Johnson said he’d work to facilitate the meeting.British newspaper The Guardian reports the Ambassador’s comments when he said: “We’ll make everything possible if the president wants to do something… Boris Johnson has been a friend of the president, was a friend during the election and he has a warm and close relationship with the president. “I think you have to give all the protagonists, whether it’s the president or the prime minister, a little bit of leeway here. If the president wants to do it, and he feels it’s appropriate to do it, he’ll make that decision.”The Ambassador also backed the President’s comments on the United Kingdom presently being in a state of “turmoil” — political change being driven by the Prime Minister attempting to defy the will of the British people as expressed during the referendum by frustrating Brexit — remarking “there is always turmoil in every country… the UK is proceeding in the way it always does.”Speaking Tuesday as he departed the White House to fly to Europe for a week of meetings including the NATO summit and the working visit to Britain, President Trump told journalists: “Boris Johnson’s a friend of mine. He’s been very, very nice to me, very supportive. And I maybe well speak to him when I get over there. I like Boris Johnson, I’ve always liked him.” Asked about the increasingly perilous position of Prime Minister Theresa May, the President declined to offer her any support, merely saying her ongoing leadership was a matter for the British people.
https://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/07/11/in-further-blow-to-embattled-theresa-may-u-s-ambassador-talks-up-trump-boris-johnson-meeting/

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