April 9, 2020 / 4:54 PM / 2 months ago

Raab says he has not spoken to Johnson since taking over

Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab holds the Covid-19 Digital Press Conference with Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance and Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty in 10 Downing Street, London, Britain April 9, 2020. Pippa Fowles/No 10 Downing Street/Handout via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. THIS IMAGE IS FOR EDITORIAL USE PURPOSES ONLY. THE IMAGE CAN NOT BE USED FOR ADVERTISING OR COMMERCIAL USE. THE IMAGE CAN NOT BE ALTERED IN ANY FORM.

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has not had any contact with his deputy, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, since he stepped in to fill Johnson’s role, Raab said on Thursday, adding that he has enough power to make key decisions without his boss.

Asked whether he had spoken to Johnson since taking over, Raab said: “Not yet. I think it’s important, particularly while he’s in intensive care, to let him focus on the recovery.

“I’ve got all the authority I need to make the relevant decisions.”

Reporting by Elizabeth Howcroft; editing by Stephen Addison

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