Boris Johnson wins race to be Britain's next leader
Stanley Johnson, the father of incoming prime minister Boris, has told CNN he thinks his son will get along with US President Donald Trump -- but warned that the relationship cannot be subservient.
"They have the same hairstyle," he told CNN's Bianca Nobilo in a lively interview outside the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in Westminster. "I think they will get on.” He added: "We’re going have to be careful not to be too slavishly geared toward America," and insisted that "building bridges" with Europe after Brexit will also be crucial.
He also shared some more foreign policy advice for his son, saying that he would go to Brazil and ask its President Jair Bolsonaro, "what on Earth are you doing trashing these rainforests?"
On domestic issues, Stanley praised his son's "ambition" and said he isn't as divisive a leader as many believe -- noting that he won two elections as London mayor. But he added Johnson's premiership "will definitely be defined" by how he handles the country's Brexit crisis.
"I don’t think ambition is such a bad idea," Stanley Johnson said. "My line would be, are you going to use this ambition for something useful?"
"I’m rather sorry there’s not going to be an inauguration,” he added, but admitted he was "totally proud" of his son's victory. He said that he won't "count any chickens before they hatch," and joked that his son's car could crash into a bollard before he officially becomes prime minister tomorrow.
Stanley also said he would not be present for his son's first days in Downing Street, because he will shortly travel to Western Australia to swim with whale sharks.
Boris Johnson's victory is being met with every emotion possible in Westminster -- as you'd expect for one of Britain's most divisive politicians.
Former Conservative backbencher Nick Boles, who quit the party this year in protest over its Brexit stance, has threatened to oppose Johnson "at every turn" if he pursues a no-deal Brexit.
Green Party MP Caroline Lucas has said the result, voted on by Conservative party members, "is not democracy."
And Labour MP Mary Creagh asked a question that many Johnson critics will also be wondering...
US President Donald Trump has congratulated Boris Johnson on his victory. Trump has often praised Johnson as a friend, and touted him as a potential prime minister even while Theresa May was in office.
The President featured heavily in the debates during the leadership campaign. Johnson was heavily criticized for his muted response to Trump during the scandal over leaked diplomatic cables earlier this month.
During a televised debate against rival Jeremy Hunt, Johnson refused to confirm that he would keep US ambassador Kim Darroch in his post, after Darroch's cables describing the Trump administration as "inept" and "incompetent" were leaked. Darroch resigned the next day.
Later in the campaign, Johnson was pressed on another Trump-related outcry -- the President’s tweets suggesting that four US Congresswomen of color should “go back” to the countries they came from (even though all four are American).
Johnson received another round of criticism when he refused to say whether he thought Trump’s tweets were racist. He did, however, say the tweets were "totally unacceptable," adding that he "can't understand" how an American leader would use such language.
The incoming prime minister has stressed the need to work with Trump and has gained support from the President for his tough Brexit stance. Both men have criticized Theresa May's approach, with Johnson calling for the prospect of a no-deal Brexit and Trump claiming, according to May, that he would have "sued" the EU.
Boris Johnson has tweeted after his victory, reiterating the call he made in his speech to "deliver Brexit and defeat Corbyn."
Boris Johnson may have won the support of the Conservative party, "but he hasn't won the support of our country," the opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn tweeted.
Corbyn warned against a no-deal Brexit, which Johnson says he could pursue, and reiterated his frequent call for a general election.
Johnson notes his campaign slogan -- "Deliver, Unite, Defeat" -- had an unfortunate acronym, so he adds an 'E' at the end for "energize."
"I say to all the doubters -- 'Dude, we're going to energize the country," Johnson says, to an audible mix of cheers and ironic groans.
He promises a "new spirit of can-do," and touts a number of domestic achievements he hopes to achieve.
"I will work flat-out from now on with my team that I will build," he says. "The campaign is over and the work begins."
And that's it -- Johnson leaves the stage after a brief speech to rapturous applause inside the hall.
There will be people who question the wisdom of the decision to elect him, Johnson admits.
But he says the Conservative party has worked to "promote the good of the whole country" for the last 200 years.
Johnson then turns to Brexit. He says he read in this morning's Financial Times that no new leader has ever faced such a daunting set of circumstances. "Do you feel daunted?" he asks the crowd. "You don't look daunted to me."
Johnson says he will deliver Brexit and defeat Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Johnson is on stage, thanking those involved in the campaign and congratulating his "formidable" opponent Jeremy Hunt.
He says Hunt has been a font of "excellent ideas," joking that he's planning to "steal them."
He also congratulates Theresa May, whom he's long been a critic of. "It was a privilege to serve in her cabinet," he says. "Thank you, Theresa."
May has also tweeted her congratulations to Johnson, promising him her "full support."
Boris Johnson won the contest in resounding fashion, earning 92,153 votes to Jeremy Hunt’s 46,656.
That’s a predictably comfortable victory for the long-time favorite. He’s on stage now to make his first speech as leader of the Conservative party.