Boris Johnson Turns Tables on CNN as Host Tries to Get Him to Trash America
CNN’s Jake Tapper tries to get British prime minister to bash USA
Boris Johnson turned the tables on CNN when host Jake Tapper tried to egg the British prime minister into trashing America.
During an interview on Sunday, Tapper attempted to lead Johnson into bashing the state of democracy in the United States, suggesting that President Donald Trump's presidency robbed Americans of their freedoms.
Johnson did not take the bait.
When Tapper gave a long and heavily-loaded question to Johnson, claiming that America is losing its freedom after Trump's election, the PM pointed at the CNN host with both hands and yelled "NO!"
Johnson also asserted that he had repeatedly attempted to state during the interview that such reports are "grossly, grossly exaggerated."
"When I talk to friends in Canada, the U.K., Australia and elsewhere, people express concern about the United States … in terms of our ability and our institutions to thrive and continue, after what happened with the election of 2020,” Tapper said.
"They’re worried that democracy is on life support in the United States,” Tapper continued.
"Are you worried at all?” Tapper asked. “Do you look at—”
"No,” Johnson fired back, pointing at Tapper with both hands.
"You’re not?” Tapper asked in an apparent state of surprise.
"I want to say this to the people of the United States. I’m not,” Johnson responded.
"I think that — I just get back to the — what I have been trying to say to you throughout this interview.
"I think that reports of the death of democracy in the United States are grossly, grossly exaggerated.
"America is a shining city on a hill," he declared.
"I don’t believe that American democracy is under serious threat, far from it,” Johnson later added.
"I continue to believe that America is the greatest global guarantor of democracy and freedom.”
"I think that reports of the death of democracy in the United States are grossly, grossly exaggerated."— CNN (@CNN) June 26, 2022
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