In the wake of last week`s attack on the US Capitol by Trump`s supporters, UK MPs quizzed Johnson`s ties with the outgoing president.
On Wednesday, the senior MPs on the Parliament`s influential Liaison Committee asked the prime minister if he regretted claiming that Donald Trump deserved to win a Nobel Peace Prize in 2018 given the “recent events”.
In 2018 while he was the foreign secretary, Johnson gave an interview praising Trump`s work on the issues in North Korea and the Iran nuclear deal.
He went on to say: “I don’t see why he’s any less of a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize than Barack Obama who got it before he even did anything.”
Boris Johnson`s critics have long questioned his sagacity seeking a relationship with the controversial president. Just hours before Trump`s second impeachment, Johnson said it has always been in favour of having the “best possible relationship” with the sitting US president.
In response to the question about his comments from 2018, Johnson said: “I am in favour of the prime minister of the UK having the best possible relationship with the president of the United States and I had an excellent conversation very recently with president-elect Joe Biden.”
However, Labour`s shadow foreign secretary Lisa Nandy condemned senior Tories of “sycophancy” in their associations with the Trump administration.
“Ministers were so eager to swallow the Trump playbook of how politics should be done that they abandoned British values, interests and their own self-respect,” she said.