Johnson ‘glad’ to see Trump go, says ex-Civil Service head Lord Sedwill

Boris Johnson will be glad Donald Trump has not been re-elected for a second term as US president, ex-Civil Service head Lord Sedwill has suggested.

Writing in the Daily Mail, Lord Sedwill said those who believed Boris Johnson would have preferred Mr Trump to win again were “mistaken.”

He said he “would not have been to the benefit” of British or European security, trade or environment issues.

Downing Street said Mr Johnson looked forward to working with Joe Biden.

Boris Johnson’s public reflections on Donald Trump have varied considerably.

This month he said Mr Trump was “completely wrong” to cast doubt on the US election and encourage supporters to storm the Capitol.

And in 2015, when he was Mayor of London, Mr Johnson accused him of “stupefying ignorance” over his comments about violence in the city.

But after Mr Trump’s victory in the US election in 2016, then Foreign Secretary Mr Johnson said there was a “lot to be positive about”, and while running for the Conservative leadership in 2019, he said the President had “many good qualities”.

Mr Trump later praised Mr Johnson, saying: “they call him Britain Trump”.