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Boris Johnson appears to be trying to woo Joe Biden in the hopes of getting a US trade deal before the end of the Brexit transition period.
But a former Obama aide and ally of the president-elect isn’t going to be swayed that easily.
On Saturday, Johnson posted a congratulatory graphic on Twitter.
He wrote that the US is the UK’s “most important ally” and said that he looks forward to “working closely together on our shared priorities”.
In response, the Obama aide described Johnson as a “shapeshifting creep”.
Tommy Vietor, Obama’s former national security spokesperson, explained how Democrats would “never forget your racist comments about Obama”.
The ‘racist’ comments refer to Johnson, in 2016, suggesting that Obama being “part-Kenyan” might impact his relationship with the UK.
In a column for The Sun, Johnson wrote about Obama’s “ancestral dislike of the British empire”.
At the time, Johnson was widely criticised for the offensive rhetoric.
It’s apparent that, in Obama’s circles, there’s still bad blood.
Another ally, Chris Coons, suggested that Johnson might have “copied” Trump’s style.
#Marr asks Democrat Senator and close friend of Joe Biden, Chris Coons, how the President-elect’s camp views PM Bor… https://t.co/EBnnZT9mwQ — BBC Politics (@BBC Politics)
In an interview with BBC’s Andrew Marr, Coons explained how he hoped there would be “some reconsideration of whatever comments may have been made about the moment of Brexit.”
But Coons, a long-time friend of Biden and Democrat senator, was less critical than Vietor.
He said that he found the prime minister to be “more agile, engaging, educated and forward-looking” than the media’s characterisation of him.
Coons also said he cared more about the “enduring interests” that have “long-held us together with common values”.
At least one ally is trying to smooth things over.
But it looks like Johnson has his work cut out for him in winning over some senior Democrats.
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