Boris Johnson urges MPs to ‘be positive’ about Donald Trump
The foreign secretary said Labour should not attack Trump over climate change.
Boris Johnson has warned that attacks on Donald Trump could damage Britain’s national interest and urged MPs to instead be "as positive as we can possibly be".
The foreign secretary told the Commons that he planned to talk to the Trump administration about the issue of climate change.
But he took issue with Labour's Emily Thornberry who contended that that Trump’s election as U.S. president was a “hugely dangerous development for the future of our planet” because he believes that climate change is a hoax.
Thornberry, the shadow foreign secretary, also asked if asked if the prime minister would have “have the moral backbone to tell [Trump] he is wrong on climate change” when she visits him in Washington.
She added that Theresa May should not be afraid to condemn Trump if he refuses to change his stance on climate change.
But Johnson replied: “I really must say to the right honourable lady that I believe she is being premature in her hostile judgments of the administration-elect. And any such premature verdict, I believe, could be damaging to the interests of this country.
"It is important for us in this country to use our influence, which is very considerable, to help the United States to see its responsibilities, as I’m sure they will.
He added: “I think it is vital that we are as positive as we can possibly be about the new administration-elect. And, as I have said before, I believe the UK-US relationship is of vital importance.
“I think that president-elect Trump is a deal maker. And when it comes to climate change, this is something that the UK has led on globally, we have had outstanding success and, yes - I’m very open with the House - it is a message that we are taking to the administration, we believe it to be important, we believe it be in the interests of the United States and of the world.”
While Johnson's suggestion that the UK should be positive about Trump prompted some derision in the Commons chamber, MPs such as the SNP’s Mhairi Black also took to Twitter to express their disdain.
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