Johnson urges UK MPs to stop Trump-Hitler comparisons
London, Jan 31 (IANS) British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has condemned Donald Trump’s critics for making comparisons between the US President and Adolf Hitler, just months after comparing the EU to a Nazi super state.
Speaking during a Commons debate on Monday over Trump’s controversial immigration ban, Johnson accused the Labour Party of “demeaning the Holocaust” and urged MPs to stop “pointlessly demonising” the US President, reported the Independent on Tuesday.
“I do find it distasteful to make comparisons between the elected leader of a great democracy and 1930s tyrants,” he said.
“I think continuing to use the language of appeasement demeans the horror of the 1930s and trivialises our conversation.”
His comments came just over two weeks after he likened French President FranÃ§ois Hollande to a Second World War German general.
“If Mr Hollande wants to administer punishment beatings to anybody who seeks to escape [the EU], in the manner of some World War Two movie, I don’t think that is the way forward, and it’s not in the interests of our friends and partners,” he said.
The former Mayor of London defended Trump as Britain’s “friend and partner” but refused to reveal any further content of “confidential conversations” that had taken place between Theresa May and the US President on her state visit.