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Theresa May confirms full confidence in Boris Johnson; some foreign ministers view him as a “clown”

Thursday, August 31st 2017 - 08:53 UTC
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A The Times column claimed diplomatic sources believe officials at Trump’s White House “don’t want to go anywhere near Boris because they think he’s a joke”. A The Times column claimed diplomatic sources believe officials at Trump’s White House “don’t want to go anywhere near Boris because they think he’s a joke”.
“It’s worse in Europe. There is not a single foreign minister there who takes him seriously. They think he’s a clown who can never resist a gag.” “It’s worse in Europe. There is not a single foreign minister there who takes him seriously. They think he’s a clown who can never resist a gag.”
Asked if the Prime Minister had full confidence in Boris Johnson and thought he was doing a good job the spokeswoman simply stated: “Yes.” Asked if the Prime Minister had full confidence in Boris Johnson and thought he was doing a good job the spokeswoman simply stated: “Yes.”

Theresa May has full confidence in Boris Johnson, Downing Street said as the Foreign Secretary came under fire from critics at home and abroad. Number 10 said the Prime Minister had a good relationship with the Foreign Secretary in response to anonymous briefings saying he was viewed as a “clown” and a “joke” in capitals around the world.

 Meanwhile, a senior German politician described Mr Johnson’s approach to European politics as “not very clever” but said the Foreign Secretary was beginning to recognize that “big words don’t help”.

A scathing column in The Times claimed that diplomatic sources believe that officials at Donald Trump’s White House “don’t want to go anywhere near Boris because they think he’s a joke”.

An unnamed minister told the newspaper: “It’s worse in Europe. There is not a single foreign minister there who takes him seriously. They think he’s a clown who can never resist a gag.”

Asked about a claim in the Times that the intelligence agencies were nervous about giving Mr. Johnson sensitive material, a Downing Street spokeswoman said: “I’m not going to comment on a column in a newspaper.” “But the Prime Minister meets the Foreign Secretary regularly and they have a good relationship”

Asked if the Prime Minister had full confidence in Boris Johnson and thought he was doing a good job the spokeswoman simply stated: “Yes.”

Pressed on whether she believed he had the confidence of his European counterparts, the spokeswoman said: “The Prime Minister has a good relationship with Boris Johnson, has full confidence in him and and he’s doing a good job.”

Michael Fuchs, an ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, suggested that Mr Johnson had calmed down in recent weeks. Dr Fuchs, the deputy parliamentary leader of Mrs Merkel’s CDU Party, told BBC Radio 4’s World at One: “It was not very clever from him, the way he handled Europe or European negotiators at the beginning, but I have a feeling that in the last couple of weeks he was rather calm, we didn’t hear much from him so maybe he thought it over and he has to come back to the negotiating table, because it’s a very difficult process and big words don’t help”.

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  • DemonTree

    Perfect choice of pictures. Well done Mercopress.

    Personally I preferred Boris in his role as presenter of HIGNFY, I don't think he's convincing at all as Foreign Secretary.

    Aug 31st, 2017 - 01:33 pm +1
  • Clyde15

    What is there to say ?

    Aug 31st, 2017 - 01:03 pm 0
  • St.John

    May pretends to have full confidence in Bongo (Boris), utterly destroing him in politics by letting him fool around as the clown ... person he is.

    Sep 01st, 2017 - 10:10 am 0
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