Donald Trump was “completely wrong” to cast doubt on the result of the US presidential election and to encourage supporters to storm the Capitol building, prime minister Boris Johnson has said.
At a Downing Street press conference, Mr Johnson rejected Mr Trump’s claim that the result of November’s presidential election was fraudulent, saying he was pleased that “democracy has prevailed” through the confirmation of Joe Biden as president-elect.
Mr Johnson’s “unreserved” condemnation came after home secretary Priti Patel said that the outgoing president’s incendiary comments “directly led” to the violent scenes in Washington DC which shocked the world on Wednesday.
It marks the PM’s biggest effort yet to distance himself from the man who he once said had “many, many good qualities” and who in return described Johnson as “Britain Trump”.
It came after Labour branded the PM “spineless” for failing to call out Mr Trump’s lies about election fraud.
“The violence that Donald Trump has unleashed is terrifying, and the Republicans who stood by him have blood on their hands,” said Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner.
“Our spineless prime minister and toadying foreign secretary have to also take their fair share of shame for not calling out his lies after the election.”
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