Boris Johnson is formally entering the Tory leadership race today and he’s with me in the studio… I joke, of course. He hasn’t done a single broadcast interview since Theresa May announced her departure...
He then went on to list Johnson’s alleged failures in his political and personal life, quoting articles that accused him of being “a habitual liar” and having “not the slightest moral compass”.
However, Truss bizarrely dismissed those criticisms by claiming they show "the huge public appeal [Johnson] has and the power he has to communicate”.
Liz Truss says this column on Boris Johnson by Matthew Parris “shows the huge public appeal he has and the power he… https://t.co/4AIIlQrguT
Humphrys’ also brought up Johnson’s conduct as foreign secretary with Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian citizen who has been detained in Iran since April 2016.
In 2017, Johnson incorrectly said Zaghari-Ratcliffe “was simply teaching people journalism” in Iran, while her family has always maintained that she was on holiday.
His statement was cited as evidence against her in an Iranian court and she remains in jail there.
After stumbling over the pronunciation of Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s name, Truss tried to claim it was “apologists” for Iran who were blaming Johnson for her continued detention.
"Apologists for Iran are putting the blame on Boris Johnson."
Treasury Secretary @trussliz who is supporting Johns… https://t.co/ed9WAyFKx9
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The interview, in which Truss failed to address many of Humphrys’ points, received an extremely negative response on social media - with some people comparing her to Trump press secretary Sarah Sanders...
Liz Truss there, selling her soul in the hope of securing a post in a Cabinet led by a cheat & charged with imposin… https://t.co/TcmitCuPnS
Johnson is set to face questions from journalist at his campaign launch today, where he expected to be asked about his record as foreign secretary, his alleged drug use and his reputation as a dishonest politician.