He had already packed his bags and was ready to fly out to Russia in a few hours when a midnight telephone call came in from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Boris Johnson was asked not to go to Russia. After all, Rex Tillerson was travelling to Russia and would handle the situation better and would speak for “both of us”. Atleast that is how political insiders have narrated the scenario.
Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats immediately blasted Boris Johnson for being a “poodle of Washington.”
The Daily Mail and other newspapers which have supported Boris Johnson through Brexit surprisingly were not delighted. They wrote endlessly about the “poodle of washington”, a term that has now been picked up by the Russians.
The SNP’s Foreign Affairs spokesman Alex Salmond joined in with the criticism of the foreign secretary on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show, saying: “Boris Johnson just looks daft.
“What is the argument for not going ahead with a visit?
Labour’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell told Sky News the foreign secretary “should be in Moscow now… saying to the Russians just how appalling the situation is and the role they should play”.
He added: “We’ve got to be frank with them and we shouldn’t just allow the Americans to go off and do that. We should be doing that ourselves.”
Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron claimed Mr Johnson was considered a diplomatic liability.
“Boris has revealed himself to be a poodle of Washington, having his diary managed from across the pond,” said Mr Farron.
“It is pretty shameful when even Trump judges you to be a buffoon.”
What made it even so cringeworthy is the fact that Boris Johnson could not pick up the telephone as a matter of courtesy and speak to the Russians to inform them of the cancellation of the trip but he chose the easier option. He just made an announcement on Twitter!
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