LONDON — Boris Johnson agrees Donald Trump is undiplomatic but “can’t dissent” with the U.S. president’s damning verdict on Theresa May’s handling of Brexit.
Speaking to POLITICO London Playbook as news broke on Wednesday that U.K. Ambassador Kim Darroch had resigned over his leaked cables on Trump, the man set to be Britain’s next prime minister refused to echo much of the U.K. establishment’s indignation at the president’s leadership style.
The front-runner for the Conservative Party leadership spoke approvingly of Trump’s tweets about outgoing Prime Minister May’s “foolish” approach to Brexit.
“I can’t dissent from that,” he said with a chuckle, when told that Trump had called her deal a “disaster.”
“When it comes to the context of what the president has said about the Brexit deal, I find it hard to disagree.
“He has strong views about Brexit and he has strong views about the deal. Probably, from the point of view of those of us who want to get Brexit done and make a great success of it, it would be fair to say this is a debate that’s best conducted within the U.K.,” Johnson added. “But you know — the president has his style and his approach.”
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Pressed repeatedly by POLITICO on whether it is right for a foreign leader to criticize a British prime minister in this way, Johnson eventually said: “I think most people feel … I don’t want anybody else telling us what to do. Or anybody else criticizing our government,