‘Merkel and Macron said nothing!’ Thornberry’s call for Boris to condemn Trump dismantled

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The Labour MP told BBC Newsnight on Friday she thought it is “shocking” Boris Johnson is yet to condemn Donald Trump and his bid to undermine western democracy as America awaits the results of the 2020 election. The incumbent US President accused the Democrats of electoral fraud as Joe Biden leads the race. Ms Thornberry said: “The approach that we’ve had with Donald Trump has always been the wrong one. We have never stood up to him and we’ve never talked to him about why we disagree with his fundamental values.

“Even today, to hear Boris Johnson refusing to condemn the way in which the President of the United States has been trying to undermine western democracy, is truly shocking.

“There will definitely need to be a major change.”

Asked if she would have actually come out to condemn what was happening in America if she was an EU leader, she said: “Yes, and in common with many other international leaders who have said that it was completely inappropriate for the President of the United States, without there being any evidence to support it, to try to undermine the democratic process happening in the United States.”

But the BBC host blasted: “I don’t think Macron or Merkel have actually said anything, have they?

“Those presumably are the world leaders you would be thinking about.”

On Friday, President Trump signalled he would not go quietly from the Oval Office, tweeting: “Joe Biden should not wrongfully claim the office of the president. I could make that claim also. Legal proceedings are just now beginning!

“I had such a big lead in all of these states late into election night, only to see the leads miraculously disappear as the days went by. Perhaps these leads will return as our legal proceedings move forward!”

The Biden campaign was forthright in its reply to an earlier outburst by Mr Trump, in which he made unsubstantiated claims about “illegal ballots” in the election.

“As we said on July 19, the American people will decide this election,” the campaign said in a statement.

“And the United States Government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson continued to say he has “every confidence” in the checks and balances of the American constitution and said he would “work closely with whoever is the president” but declined to comment further.

Former foreign secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind has said Downing Street may be relieved if Donald Trump loses the election and said he disagreed with some of the comparisons of Mr Trump and Boris Johnson.

He told Times Radio: “It’s often said that Boris Johnson and Donald Trump are blood brothers. No. I think that’s a rather silly exaggeration.

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“Yes, they both have a shock of white hair, yes they both use populist rhetoric and can be accused of having a rather unusual private life but there the similarity comes to an end.

“I suspect 10 Downing Street, although it will never say this, will actually also be slightly relieved that he’ll be dealing with an American president who’ll be predictable, who will not tweet policy when he wakes up in the morning and who will therefore be able to be part of a coherent approach to the issues that we’ll face in government.”

Sir Malcolm also said: “I think President Trump is going out of office more or less the same way as he’s performed in office; a combination of spasm, frustration and general irresponsibility.

“If anyone had any doubts about his unsuitability for office, the way he’s trying to pretend the law’s being broken because he’s being defeated pretty well sums up the man we’ve had to live with for four years.”

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