By Ben Kerrigan-
Boris Johnson’s silence in defending recently resigned Uk ambassador, Kim Darroch was inevitable, and not wrong in the circumstances.
Johnson has been under fire ever since leaked emails that led to Darroch’s untimely resignation from his office as Uk ambassador to The U.S. Many Mps have questioned Johnson’s suitability for the prime minister’s job after he declined to lend his support to the Uk ambassador following his insult by U.S president Trump .
Trump’s rudeness to Darroch in which he called him stupid and ended any professional dealings with the U.K ambassador for the future led to Darroch’s immediate resignation. Johnson , who has enjoyed compliments from the American president was not about to risk that relationship by defending Darroch’s comments, in the process agreeing to the conclusions in the leaked memo that referred to Donald Trump as clumsy, unpredictable, and with a dysfunctional administration.
His decision to stay quiet publicly was best because Trump has no boundaries when it comes to these things. Those criticising Johnson forget that Johnson may have to rely on Trump for business purposes in the likely scenario of a no deal Brexit if he becomes prime minister and is under fire by critics, as he will be, when EU leaders refuse to negotiate the deal they have already presented. It could be foolish for Johnson to pick a war with Trump over the leaked emails, given that he is soon to become prime minister.
Trump is too volatile for Johnson, and a clash between the pair could ruin matters beyond repair. Johnson can be criticised for rebuking Trump for his rudeness to Theresa May, but the former foreign minister and Theresa May have never had a great relationship. He was never going to defend her in the way that was necessary, which is a shame.
One Johnson-backing cabinet minister described s the PM as being in denial,” said the minister. “At the first Cabinet meeting after she announced her resignation she didn’t even refer to it. “She just keeps going with business as usual, talking about what needs to happen in October, when she won’t even be here in October. We just keep having meetings and no-one is quite sure why.”The minister added: “It might be a bit of a shock in a fortnight when she’s out and Boris is in charge.”