As President Donald Trump digs his heels in and refuses to concede to President-elect Joe Biden over the U.S. election, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has already moved on.
During a regularly scheduled, weekly question-and-answer session with lawmakers in Parliament on Wednesday, Johnson was asked by an opposition lawmaker named Angela Eagle to offer some remarks about Trump’s false insistence that if it were not for voter fraud he would have easily won the election. Johnson, referring to Trump, responded in error that he had a good relationship with the “previous president.”
Eagle, of Britain’s Labour Party, described Trump’s behavior as “both embarrassing for him and dangerous for American democracy.” Eagle referred to Trump as Johnson’s “erstwhile best friend” because of the many comparisons that have been drawn between the two leaders over their populist politics on immigration, the coronavirus pandemic and other issues.
Ever since Biden became president-elect over the weekend, Johnson has repeatedly said in public he looks forward to working with Biden on “strengthening the partnership between our countries and to working with him on our shared priorities.” Johnson has characterized these priorities as combatting climate change and supporting the NATO military alliance, two topics that Trump has clashed with European leaders over in recent years.