Boris Johnson loved Trump. Now he seems to like Biden.


Boris Johnson was widely seen as an ally of Donald Trump. The former president called the British prime minister “Britain Trump” and Johnson praised Trump’s management of the US economy. But now Johnson has made a 180 degree turn and he sings the praises of President Biden. After what he saw as a triumphant visit to the White House on Tuesday, Johnson sat down with Lally Weymouth of the Washington Post at the British Ambassador’s temporary residence in Washington to explain with childish enthusiasm what he had received of the Biden administration on his trip to DC – including the lifting of a travel ban due to the coronavirus, among others. The Prime Minister wanted to play down France’s displeasure at being left out of the recent submarine deal negotiated for months in secret by Britain, the United States and Australia. Without wasting time, he brushed aside the words of French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, who called the secret agreement a “punch in the back” and a “unilateral, brutal and unpredictable decision”. Just weeks ago, Johnson and senior members of his government viewed the US withdrawal from Afghanistan as reckless and were reportedly annoyed that the White House had not been warned in advance. Now Johnson is talking about working with the Taliban. Here are edited excerpts from the interview:


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