Liz Truss succeeds Boris Johnson as British Prime Minister

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks to the media ahead of the Weimar Trilateral meeting to discuss the ongoing Ukraine crisis in Berlin, Germany, February 8. (Hannibal Hanske/Getty Images)

During her campaign to claim the Conservative Party leadership, Liz Truss pushed to win the hearts of around 160,000 right-wing Britons.

And it’s a task in which she leans, taking many chances toward political figures at the other end of the political spectrum — often to the cheers of her audience.

But on Tuesday, Truss will become Britain’s prime minister and the new G7 leader. Some of his comments on the campaign trail lead to awkward encounters.

Truss sparked controversy when he said the “jury is still out” on whether French President Emmanuel Macron is a “friend or foe” to the United Kingdom. “If I become the prime minister, I will judge him not by words but by actions,” he added.

Britain and France have long been close allies on the world stage. Their relationship has been strained in recent years, particularly by the rise of migrants crossing the English Channel, but it was a significant move for the incoming British leader – and the sitting foreign secretary – to suggest that France could be an “adversary” towards the UK. .

Boris Johnson – famous for his own diplomatic history – felt the need to come clean, telling reporters that Macron was a “friend” of the UK and insisting that British-French relations were “very good”. .”

“Britain is a friend of France; “A strong ally, despite its leaders — sometimes despite its leaders, or the little mistakes they can make when speaking in public,” Macron responded when asked about Truce’s comments.

Truss was less keen to comment on whether former US President Donald Trump was friend or foe, saying he would not discuss “future presidential contenders” at his final Hustings event on Sunday. At the same event, he said of China’s President Xi Jinping: “I’m not going to use the word enemy, but I’m worried about China’s assertiveness,” PA media reported.

The new British prime minister is also targeting Britain’s heads of state to work with them on devolution and devolution deals. He called Welsh first minister Mark Drakeford a “low-energy version of Jeremy Corbyn”, the former Labor leader, during a hustings event last month – and said Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon was “an attention seeker”.

Those comments risk alienating voters in Scotland, where Sturgeon has pushed for an independence referendum, and Wales, where the Conservatives are fighting to win back seats in the 2019 general election.

“Congratulations on Liz Dress. Our political differences are deep, but I will try to build a good working relationship with her as I have done over the past 3PM,” Sturgeon wrote on Twitter after Truss’s victory. “She must now freeze energy bills for people and businesses, provide more cash support and increase funding for public services. .”

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