LONDON: Boris Johnson has suggested that he would like to tweet like Donald Trump, but would not be allowed to by foreign office officials. “Donald Trump’s approach to politics has been something that has gripped the imagination of people around the world. He’s engaged people in politics in a way that we haven’t seen for a long time, with his tweets.”
G20 leaders are meeting in Hamburg this week, with tension rising over North Korea and a stand-off between Qatar and other Gulf states. Mr Johnson called on China to act over North Korea – saying that Beijing’s policy that both North Korea and South Korea should cease their military exercises involved “an entirely false equivalence”. “In reality the Chinese do understand the difference,” he added. Mr Johnson said that the dispute between Saudi Arabia and Qatar represented “an unwelcome development”, and that the UK was doing everything possible “to deescalate the situation”. He said Saudi Arabia’s blockade was “counter-productive” because it “had intensified relations between Iran and Qatar”, pointing to Iranian deliveries of vegetables to help Qatar.