Boris Johnson snubs EU foreign ministers' emergency meeting over Trump win


Boris Johnson has refused to attend an emergency meeting with other EU foreign ministers, over concerns about Donald Trump's American election victory.

Johnson, who called upon continental minsters to stop the collective "whinge-o-rama" about Trump becoming president elect, was dismissive of the need for a special EU meeting after the result.

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President-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania walk with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell after a meeting (Alex Brandon AP/PA)

Johnson's staff issued a statement that said: "We do not see the need for an additional meeting on Sunday because the US election timetable is long established. An act of democracy has taken place, there is a transition period and we will work with the current and future administrations to ensure the best outcomes for Britain."

Some have seen Johnson's recent stance as a u-turn in light of far more damning comments he made in December 2015 when he said Trump was "clearly out of his mind" after declaring that he would ban all Muslims from entering the US, until they were able to establish "what the hell is going on" regarding extremist attacks on American soil.

Johnson also said that Trump's remarks about London containing no-go zones due to extremist migrant populations betrayed a "stupefying ignorance that makes him frankly unfit to hold the office of president of the United States."

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Johnson shakes the hand of the current US Secretary of State John Kerry at a UN Security Council meeting in September (Julie Jacobson AP/PA)

He continued: "The only reason I wouldn't go to some parts of New York is the real risk of meeting Donald Trump."

Less than a year later, Johnson appears to have taken a rather different approach, and became one of the first European Foreign Secretaries to congratulate the Vice President-elect Mike Pence on his new role.

He said the election "is a great opportunity for us in the UK to build a better relationship with America that is of fundamental economic importance for us, but also of great importance for the stability and prosperity of the world".