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State Department and Washington sources told the Sunday Express that the Biden administration had informally suggested the former US president, but that Boris Johnson does not want Mr Obama to take the job. If this were true, this would be the first known case of the appointment of a potential US ambassador to Britain that the UK government would oppose. Mr Obama and Mr Johnson have had disagreements since 2016, when he visited Britain in an EU referendum and claimed the UK would be “behind the line. Wait” for trade agreements.
It was an almost unprecedented interference by a current US president in a domestic issue in Britain and was intended to undermine a central argument in Mr Johnson’s holiday campaign, which claimed EU trade could be replaced by a US trade deal. could.
Mr Johnson reportedly angered Obama with a column he wrote about the then US president, which said his remarks were caused by his father’s family coming to Kenya and his antipathy towards Britain because of their opposition to British colonial rule. was related to hatred.
He also described how Mr Obama removed a statue of Churchill from the Oval Office during his swearing-in as president, further evidence of his contempt for Britain.
A senior source in Whitehall told the Sunday Express: “It is absolutely true that the government was privately opposed to Obama’s appointment. It is also true that the delay is happening.
Another high-level source said, “Obama is unacceptable. Only the comment at the end of the line makes it unacceptable.”
Boris Johnson does not want Mr Obama to be the US ambassador (Image: .)
However, it is also understood that there are fears that the US president will “create a British tribunal to rival the tribunal of Boris and Kerry”.
“You can imagine that they would have an open door for the opponents of the government, the old survivors. [Obama] Will continue to visit schools. It would be a rival target for the government, especially with question marks over the relationship between Biden and Boris. “
Tensions mean Donald Trump’s ambassador Woody Johnson has yet to be replaced after a term in which he has been praised for good relations in the UK during a difficult time with Brexit.
It is now believed Mr Biden will postpone a decision until next year.
Last night a UK government spokeswoman said: “These reports are just plain bogus. The questions on appointments in the United States are for the United States.
He also highlighted the strong relationship between the UK and the US, where they continue to engage widely.
Joe Biden would like to appoint Barack Obama as US ambassador to the UK (Image: .)
The prime minister was the first European leader to meet President Biden after his election victory and inauguration, and Biden’s first overseas visit to Britain when he attended the G-7 in the latest month.
The UK government has also underlined that the Secretary of State and his counterpart Anthony Blinken speak regularly, having attended the G7 foreign ministerial meetings here in May.
A Downing Street source said: “The US dating questions to the US. However, it is quite normal for new US governments to take some time to appoint ambassadors. Not only in the UK, many diplomatic positions are yet to be confirmed. is. “
The row comes after the Sunday Express also learned that the US President has been pressured to end the tradition of political appointments and instead rely on career diplomats for key ambassadorial positions.
The almost unprecedented move would put an end to hopes of mega-donors such as Disney President Bob Iger, who is famous for being filmed by Prince Harry, who provided voiceover work for the Duchess of Sussex during the Lion King’s prime ministership in 2019. Huh.
Mr Obama and Mr Johnson have had differences since 2016 (Image: .)
The 69-year-old, who reportedly gave $250,000 to the Biden Victory Fund, is said to have made it clear that he expected to receive an ambassadorial position in Beijing or London in return.
Other running names are Cindy McCain, the Anglophile businessman and widow of the late Sen. John McCain — who led Arizona to Biden — and Comcast executive David Cohen, another major donor, who launched President-elect Biden’s campaigns at his Philadelphia home. Fundraiser organized. . in April 2019.
Nearly 800 donors raised at least £100,000 each for Biden’s election campaign.
But the new president faces mounting pressure to mark a radical break with American tradition, which typically sees about 30% of all ambassadorial positions given to those who show personal loyalty to the president.
One reason for this is to create clear blue water between Biden and Trump, which raises it to 44% – a record number.
Senior Democrat Elizabeth Warren even promised she would “make my ambassadorial appointments based on one thing: find the most qualified person for the job — I won’t offer the ambassador job.” For wealthy donors or packagers – period”, if he was chosen as a presidential candidate.