British PM blames Trump for encouraging US Capitol violence

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson denounces erstwhile ally Donald Trump after the president’s supporters stormed Congress in response to his incendiary rejection of the US election result.

“All my life America has stood for some very important things: An idea of freedom and an idea of democracy,” the New York-born Johnson tells a news conference devoted to Britain’s coronavirus crisis.

“In so far as he encouraged people to storm the Capitol and in so far as the president consistently has cast doubt on the outcome of a free and fair election, I believe that was completely wrong,” he says.

“And I unreservedly condemn encouraging people to behave in the disgraceful way that they did in the Capitol,” the prime minister adds.

“And all I can say is I’m very pleased that the president-elect (Joe Biden) has now been properly confirmed and duly confirmed in office, and that democracy has prevailed.”

US President Donald Trump meets with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the United Nations General Assembly, September 24, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)