PM brands Trump ‘the previous president’ after ‘refreshing’ chat with Biden

Boris Johnson has branded Donald Trump the “previous president” and hailed his “refreshing” conversation with successor Joe Biden.

Mr Trump is continuing to claim he won last week’s US presidential election and has made multiple unsubstantiated claims of fraud.

But the prime minister consigned Mr Trump’s presidency to the history books on Wednesday, as he told MPs of his “excellent” phone call with Mr Biden.

Mr Johnson said he agreed with the US president-elect that their two countries should “once again” co-operate on various global issues.

Picture released by Number 10 of Boris Johnson on the phone with Joe Biden. Pic: Andrew Parsons/Number 10
Image:The PM held a 25-minute call with Joe Biden on Tuesday. Pic: Andrew Parsons/Number 10

Speaking at Prime Minister’s Questions, Mr Johnson told the House of Commons: “One of the many merits of the excellent conversation I had yesterday with president-elect Joe Biden was that we were strongly agreed on the need for once again the UK and the US to stand together to stick up for our values around the world.

“To stick up for human rights and stick up for global free trade, to stick up for NATO, and to work together in the fight against climate change.

“It was refreshing, if I may say, to have that conversation and I look forward to many more.”

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Mr Johnson added he was “delighted” that Mr Biden and his incoming vice-president, Kamala Harris, shared “many areas” of “common cause” – including next year’s climate change summit in Glasgow.

“I had and have a good relationship with the previous president – I do not resile from that,” the prime minister said.

“It is the duty of all British prime ministers to have a good relationship with the White House.

“But I’m delighted to find the many areas in which the incoming Biden/Harris administration is able to make common cause with us.

“In particular, it was extremely exciting to talk to president-elect Biden about what he wants to do with the COP26 summit next year, in which the UK is leading the world in driving down carbon emissions and tackling climate change.”

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Image:Boris Johnson said he would ‘not resile’ from his good relationship with Donald Trump

Mr Johnson held a 25-minute phone call with Mr Biden on Tuesday.

They talked about the importance of implementing Brexit in such a way that upholds the Good Friday Agreement, with the prime minister assuring the president-elect that would be the case.

The Internal Market Bill – the government’s controversial Brexit legislation that ministers have admitted will allow them to break international law – was not understood to have been raised specifically in the call.

Mr Biden has previously warned against the Good Friday Agreement becoming a “casualty” of Brexit.

Downing Street on Wednesday said that Mr Johnson hadn’t raised the case of Harry Dunn during the call with Mr Biden.

But the prime minister’s spokesman added: “It wasn’t discussed last night but sure we’ll be having further discussions in the coming months.

“We continue to press for justice.”

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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