Writing a column for The Sun newspaper the outgoing Mayor of London recounted a story about a bust of Winston Churchill purportedly being removed from White House.
“Some said it was a snub to Britain. Some said it was a symbol of the part-Kenyan President’s ancestral dislike of the British empire – of which Churchill had been such a fervent defender,” he wrote.
The story itself about the bust being removed is false: the White House clarified in 2012 that it has been moved to the President’s private residence elsewhere in the building.
“This is 100 per cent false. The bust still in the White House. In the Residence. Outside the Treaty Room,” a spokesperson for the White House said at the time it debunked the rumour.
The Mayor said that the US would never dream of engaging in an arragement similar to the EU.
“It is deeply anti-democratic – and much as I admire the United States, and much as I respect the President, I believe he must admit that his country would not dream of embroiling itself in anything of the kind,” he said.
Conservative MP Nicholas Soames, who is the grandson of the late Sir Winston Churchill, was not impressed by the comment piece.
“Appalling article by Boris Johnson in [The] Sun, totally wrong on almost everything," he said.
By Jon Stone