Sunday, April 24, 2016

 

Boris Johnson's not going down without a fight after Obama's 'weird' EU speech

Barack Obama shot down the London mayor's claim he disliked Britain because he was "part-Kenyan" - and Boris isn't happy.

Boris Johnson attacks Barack Obama's 'weird' intervention in the EU debate.

Boris Johnson has refused to go down without a fight after he was humiliated by the US President on national TV.

Barack Obama shot down the London mayor's claim he disliked Britain because he was "part-Kenyan" in a major press conference.

Now Mr Johnson has launched a fightback with an extraordinary statement to a Sunday newspaper.

He branded Mr Obama's plea for Britain to stay in the EU as "ridiculous" and "weird" and complained he had not "come close to answering my point".

His statement said: "Barack Obama is entitled to his view and he is an honoured guest, but it is ridiculous to warn that the UK will be at the back of the queue for a free trade deal.

"The UK has never been able to do a free trade deal with the US in the last 43 years – because we are in the EU!"

He added: "It is very weird that the US should be telling the UK to do something they would not dream of doing themselves in a million years."

Mr Johnson was branded "nasty" this week for suggesting Mr Obama removed a bust of Churchill from the Oval Office as a "a symbol of the part-Kenyan President's ancestral dislike of the British Empire".

The mop-haired London mayor used the slur in a bid to show the US President did not have Britain's interests at heart.

But Mr Obama shot down the claims with the words: "I love Winston Churchill. Love the guy."

He admitted he had replaced the bust with one of Martin Luther King to reflect his debt to the black civil rights movement of the 1960s.

However, he added: "In the [White House] residence on the second floor [is] my private office.

"Right outside the door so I see it every day, including on weekends when I go into that office to watch a basketball game - the primary object I see is a bust of Winston Churchill.

"It's there voluntarily. I can do anything on the second floor."

Labour MP Chuka Umunna today branded the London mayor's comments "disgraceful and embarrassing".

He told Sky News' Dermot Murnaghan: "For any Londoner to watch the Mayor of London have to raise the issue of the President's ethnicity and then be slapped down very publicly by the President is embarrassing.

"That was essentially the suggestion. I think a whole swathe of Britain's diaspora communities, who've got backgrounds like mine, find that offensive.

"This man is simply not fit to hold the office that he clearly aspires to, which is Prime Minister of our country."

The row came as President Obama fired a dramatic parting shot ahead of leaving Britain on Air Force One.

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