Boris Johnson 'has been in touch' with Joe Biden says Patel
The Home Secretary was asked by ITV Good Morning Britain hosts to give an update on the future post-Brexit relationship planned by Boris Johnson with the US now that Joe Biden has finally been declared the new US President. Priti Patel said: “America is one of our strongest allies in the world, there is no question about that. As a Government, we’ve obviously followed the US presidential elections.
“The Prime Minister himself has been in touch with President-elect Biden’s team and I think directly with President Biden.
“We have a shared agenda, and it’s not just on trade, there are so many other issues.
“On the security of our world, on the security of our nations – something that obviously is very clear in terms of my own remit.
“When it comes to some of the big global challenges around climate for example.
“And yes, when it comes to trade and free trade and openness, how our democracies can work together and work for each other.
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“Particularly through these challenging times of a global pandemic. We’ll stand shoulder to shoulder with our strong ally and that will continue with whoever is in charge and clearly that will be President Biden.
“We look forward to getting on, solidifying that relationship. Becoming a force for good on some of these big global challenges we face and the US faces.”
The Home Secretary has blamed Donald Trump’s incendiary comments for directly provoking violence from a mob loyal to the president as they stormed the US Capitol in an attempt to overturn the election and prevent Joe Biden taking to the White House.
Ms Patel said the Republican’s statement in which he said “We love you” to the rioters and repeated his unproven claims of electoral fraud did “very little to de-escalate the situation”, and urged him to condemn their actions.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier called for a “peaceful and orderly transfer of power” after supporters of the outgoing president breached barricades and staged an occupation of the home of American democracy in Washington DC on Wednesday.
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Protesters clashed with police, tear gas was dispersed and one woman died after being shot inside the Capitol, while three other people died after suffering “medical emergencies”, according to police chief Robert Contee.
Twitter and Facebook temporarily suspended Mr Trump from posting after he published a video statement repeating falsehoods over the validity of the election and urged supporters to “go home” from the house of Congress as politicians met to confirm Mr Biden’s victory.
Ms Patel first accused the president of doing “very little to de-escalate the situation” and, during an interview with Sky News, called for him to “absolutely condemn everything that has taken place”.
But she went further in a subsequent appearance on BBC Breakfast to blame Mr Trump for fanning the flames and provoking the scenes that marred American democracy.
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“His comments directly led to the violence and so far he has failed to condemn that violence and that is completely wrong,” the Home Secretary said.
“He basically has made a number of comments yesterday that helped to fuel that violence and he didn’t do anything to de-escalate that whatsoever.”
Demonstrators forced their way inside the building after a rally was held near the White House where Mr Trump encouraged them to march on Capitol Hill.
The Prime Minister labelled the scenes “disgraceful”.
He tweeted: “The United States stands for democracy around the world and it is now vital that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power.”
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