July 10, 2019 / 11:43 AM / 4 months ago

Johnson threw ambassador to U.S. 'under the bus' - junior minister

FILE PHOTO: Minister of State for Europe and the Americas Alan Duncan attends a news conference in Victoria Gardens, Westminster, after WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police and taken into custody following the Ecuadorian government's withdrawal of asylum, in London, Britain April 11, 2019. Yui Mok/Pool via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - Boris Johnson threw Britain’s ambassador to Washington “under the bus” when he refused to back the envoy in his row with Donald Trump, junior Foreign Office minister Alan Duncan said on Wednesday.

Showing the anger within his department at the treatment of Kim Darroch, Duncan told the BBC Johnson had failed to back Darroch during a televised debate late on Tuesday in order to serve his own personal interests.

Johnson is the favourite to become the next prime minister.

“He has basically thrown this fantastic diplomat under the bus to serve his own personal interests,” Duncan said.

Reporting by Kate Holton and William Schomberg; editing by Stephen Addison

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