- Boris Johnson praises Trump’s ‘engaging’ tweets.
- Foreign secretary says he is prevented by minders from tweeting freely.
- Johnson has repeatedly defended the president in the UK.
- Boris is tipped as a possible successor to prime minister Theresa May.
LONDON — Boris Johnson would like to tweet in the same agressive style as US president Donald Trump but is not allowed to by his “foreign office minders” he suggested today.
The foreign secretary said the presidents tweets had “gripped” and “engaged” the imaginations of people around the world in a way that he would like to emulate.
“I think actually that Donald Trump’s approach to politics has been something that has gripped the imaginations of people around the world,” he told the Today programme.
“He has engaged people in politics in a way that we haven’t seen in a long time with his tweets and all the rest of it.
“I certainly wouldn’t be allowed to tweet in the way that he, much as I might like to. I’m seeing my foreign office minders looking extremely apprehensive here.”
Listen to Boris praise Trump’s tweets.
Trump’s tweets have caused huge controversy ever since he launched his campaign for the presidency. Recently the president was widely condemned for a tweet which was accused of encouraging violence towards journalists.
The foreign secretary has also caused controversy in this area, having once been recorded promising to supply the address of the journalist to a friend, in order that the journalist should be beaten up. He claims never to have fulfilled the promise.
Johnson has been the strongest defender of Trump in the British government. Earlier this year the foreign secretary attacked Trump’s British critics for “demonising” the president with “distasteful” comparisons with totalitarian leaders from history.
He has also been a strong advocate for Trump’s planned, but now delayed, state visit to the UK.