Boris Johnson vowed on Thursday July 11th to stand up for Britain's diplomats around the world if he succeeds in becoming the next prime minister, and also to take a strong approach towards US President Donald Trump.
Johnson, the favourite candidate to be succeed Theresa May as prime minister on July 23rd, has been criticised for failing to support Britain's ambassador to Washington, Kim Darroch, after Trump attacked the envoy, prompting him to resign, Reuters reported.
"There are reasons for thinking that our relationship with the United States is the single most important strategic fact of our times," he told a leadership campaign event. But he added that he had criticised Trump before and would do so again if needed.
"I will stand up for our fantastic diplomats across the world," he added.