Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, has today met with Donald Trump, the President of the United States, at the G7 conference in Biarritz today. They discussed matters relating to international security, Brexit and international investment.
A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said:
“The President and the Prime Minister noted the unique depth of the security and defense partnership between the two countries and the benefits it brings to each. They committed to increasing the cooperation between the two sovereign nations. President Trump and Prime Minister Johnson also discussed how the United Kingdom leaving the European Union presents many opportunities for deepening our already robust economic and commercial relationship, including a comprehensive trade agreement.
The leaders acknowledged the importance of free, fair, and reciprocal trade and discussed opportunities for deepening our trading relationship in the future based on mutual respect for these principles. The President and Prime Minister also discussed the important role of investment in our respective economies and noted American investment in the United Kingdom is responsible for more than 1 million British jobs and British investment in the United States is responsible for more than 1 million American jobs.
President Trump and Prime Minister Johnson directed United States Director of the National Economic Council Larry Kudlow and United Kingdom Cabinet Secretary Mark Sedwill to launch a “Special Relationship Economic Working Group” (SREWG). The SREWG will develop market-oriented principles for economic growth and increase bilateral cooperation on issues related to the modern 21st century economy.”
Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, has spoken by phone to Donald Trump, the President of the United States.
A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said:
“The Prime Minister spoke to President Trump today, ahead of the G7 Summit in Biarritz. They discussed economic issues and our trading relationship, and the Prime Minister updated the President on Brexit. The leaders looked forward to seeing each other at the Summit this weekend.”
Theresa May, the Prime Minister, as well as the two candidates for the leadership of the Conservative Party, Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson, have criticised Donald Trump, the US President, for words he used against four Democrats.
Trump said in reference to four female Democrats:
“So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!”
A spokesperson for Theresa May said:
“Her view is that the language which was used to refer to the women was completely unacceptable.”
Jeremy Hunt said:
“I have three half-Chinese children, and they are British citizens born on the NHS, and if anyone ever said to them ‘go back to China’, I would be utterly appalled. And I would say something else, it is totally un-British to do that and so I hope that would never happen in this country.”
Boris Johnson said:
“Relations between the UK and US are incredibly important. But if you are the leader of a great multiracial, multicultural country you simply cannot use that kind of language about sending people back to where they came from. It went out decades and decades ago and thank heavens for that. It’s totally unacceptable.”
Donald Trump, the President of the United States, has launched a further attack on the British Government as a diplomatic crisis between the countries has now started to escalate.
Trump posted on Twitter:
“The wacky Ambassador that the U.K. foisted upon the United States is not someone we are thrilled with, a very stupid guy. He should speak to his country, and Prime Minister May, about their failed Brexit negotiation, and not be upset with my criticism of how badly it was…”
The President added:
“I told her how to do that deal, but she went her own foolish way – was unable to get it done. A disaster! I don’t know the ambassador but have been told he is a pompous fool. Tell him the USA now has the best economy and military anywhere in the world, by far and they are both only getting bigger, better and stronger.”
The development comes after a leak of documents written by Sir Kim Darroch, the UK Ambassador in the United States, to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The attack on the British Government by the President of the United States is unprecedented in recent decades, with Trump angry that Darroch had questioned his governance.
The British Government rejected Trump’s shock refusal to deal with the UK Ambassador unless he was replaced, with a spokesperson for the Prime Minister saying:
“The UK government determines who its ambassador is.”
Donald Trump, the US President, has confirmed that the American Government will no longer deal with the UK Ambassador to the country, whilst condemning the British Prime Minister’s dealing of Brexit. His decision comes following the leaking of private documents written by Kim Darroch.
Trump said on Twitter:
“I have been very critical about the way the U.K. and Prime Minister Theresa May handled Brexit. What a mess she and her representatives have created. I told her how it should be done, but she decided to go another way. I do not know the Ambassador, but he is not liked or well thought of within the U.S. We will no longer deal with him.”
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has yet to formally respond to the President’s comments.
Donald Trump, the President of the United States, has launched an attack on the British Ambassador to the country, saying that “he has not served the UK well, I can tell you that”. The comments follow the leaking of confidential documents sent by Sir Kim Darroch, the Ambassador, to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Liam Fox, the Secretary of State for International Trade, condemned the leak of the documents, saying:
“I hope if we can identify the individual, either the full force of internal discipline – or if necessary the law – will be brought to bear because this sort of behaviour has no place in public life”.
Darroch had said in the leaked documents:
“We don’t really believe the Trump administration is going to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less faction-riven; less diplomatically clumsy and inept.”
Scottish National Heritage (SNH) have recommended the removal of a sand dune system from the list of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) due to it being “destroyed” by a golf course owned by the Trump Organization. Donald Trump had said during the construction process that he was ”fully committed to mitigating the effects of the course on the environment”.
A spokesperson for SNH said:
“The denotification of SSSIs is unusual, however in this case we have found there is no longer a reason to protect the dunes at Menie as they do not include enough of the special, natural features for which they were designated”.
The Trump Organization criticised the SNH in a statement:
“Before Donald Trump invested in the site, SNH had little interest in the SSSI at Foveran Links and did even less about it, and has barely been on property since. Trump International funds a team of leading geomorphological consultants, ecologists and environmental experts and has spent millions on the care, protection and maintenance of the small area of SSSI in Scotland that it owns and yet SNH has offered no support, guidance or help.
All this government agency wants to do is score political points and undermine that investment, custodianship and environmental management. No other SSSI site in the country has been afforded the amount of funding or expertise that Menie has and continues to receive.”
The British Government has condemned the attacks on two ships in the Gulf of Oman and said that it is almost certain that a branch of the Iranian military was involved. Donald Trump, the President of the United States, also blamed the Iranians Government, but they have denied their involvement.
Jeremy Hunt, the Foreign Secretary, said in a statement:
“I condemn yesterday’s attacks on two vessels in the Gulf of Oman. Our own assessment leads us to conclude that responsibility for the attacks almost certainly lies with Iran. These latest attacks build on a pattern of destabilising Iranian behaviour and pose a serious danger to the region.
In targeting civilian shipping, international norms have been violated. It is essential that tankers and crews are able to pass through international waters safely. We call on Iran urgently to cease all forms of destabilising activity. The UK remains in close coordination with international partners to find diplomatic solutions to de-escalate tensions.”
Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, has welcomed news that the North Korean and South Korean Governments have reached agreement to get rid of their nuclear weapons.
Johnson said in a statement:
“I welcome the announcement that the two Koreas will work towards the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearisation of North Korea, improve bilateral ties and reduce border tensions.
This historic summit is not the end in itself. There are still many questions to be answered. Kim Jong Un’s commitment to halt all nuclear and intercontinental and intermediate range ballistic missiles tests is a positive step. We hope this indicates an intention to negotiate in good faith and that Kim has heeded the clear message to North Korea that only a change of course can bring the security and prosperity it claims to seek.
The UK will continue to work with our international partners to strictly enforce existing sanctions until such time that North Korea turns its commitments into concrete steps towards denuclearisation”.
Donald Trump, the President of the United States, said on Twitter:
“KOREAN WAR TO END! The United States, and all of its GREAT people, should be very proud of what is now taking place in Korea!”.
Donald Trump, the President of the United States, has confirmed that he will be visiting the UK on Friday 13 July 2018. A spokesperson for the Prime Minister has said that more details about the visit will be announced in due course.
Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, said on Twitter:
“FANTASTIC news that President @realdonaldtrump will at last come to Britain on 13 July. Looking forward to seeing our closest ally and friend on the GREATest visit ever”.
Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, also said on Twitter:
“If he comes to London, President Trump will experience an open and diverse city that has always chosen unity over division and hope over fear. He will also no doubt see that Londoners hold their liberal values of freedom of speech very dear”.