BREAKING NEWS: Donald Trump’s Ambassador to the UK, Woody Johnson, made ‘inappropriate’ comments about ‘sex, religion and color’ inspector general finds – and billionaire Jets owner hinted at firing staff who disagreed with him
- State Department IG found ‘a more thorough ministry assessment is warranted’
- The Trump-appointed ambassador to the UK had a “demanding, hard work style,” said some employees
- Employees said Johnson ‘sometimes made inappropriate or insensitive comments’
- He is the owner of the New York Jets and an heir to Johnson & Johnson’s fortunes
- In a broader view of ‘executive leadership’ at the embassy
- Had ‘negative effect’ on morale
- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asked President Trump to fire the latest IG amid multiple probes
The State Department’s Inspector General released a 43-page report on the U.S. Embassy in the United Kingdom, stating that staff complained that Ambassador ‘Woody’ Johnson was making ‘inappropriate or insensitive comments’ about race and sex.
The finding is part of a broader look at ‘executive leadership, policy and program implementation, resource management’ and other issues at the US Embassy in London, one of the foremost foreign diplomatic posts.
The report confirms the explosive allegations released last month that Johnson had made “ sexist, racist ” comments that staff reported to investigators.
The IG concluded “a more thorough review by the Department is warranted,” after briefly describing the allegations against the owner of the New York Jets and Johnson & Johnson’s heir.
US Ambassador to the UK, Woody Johnson, is accused of sometimes making ‘inappropriate or insensitive comments’, according to a new report from the Inspector General
The IG investigators found “that some staff were affected by the ambassador’s demanding, hard work style and that this had a negative effect on morale in some embassy sections.”
The IG learned through questionnaires and interviews that “the ambassador sometimes made inappropriate or insensitive comments on topics generally considered Equal Employment (EEO) sensitive, such as religion, gender, or skin color.”
It did not specify what the comments were.
For example, some embassy staff told OIG that when the ambassador was frustrated by what he interpreted as excessive staff caution or resistance to suggestions about which he felt strongly, he sometimes questioned their intentions or suggested that he might have them replaced, IG wrote, commenting on Johnson’s leadership.
“This made the staff wary of giving him their best judgment.”
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, passes Woody Johnson, US Ambassador to Britain as he walks to 10 Downing Street in London to meet UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Tuesday 21 July 2020. Pompeo asked President Trump to fire the previous Inspector General for his service
The comments are part of a broader view of the US Embassy in London
The report notes clashes between staff, moral and “insensitive” comments about rae and sex
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (R) speaks with US Ambassador to Britain Robert Wood Johnson as they attend a joint meeting of the United for Wildlife Task Forces for the Finance and Transportation Industry to Combat Illegal Wildlife Trade at the Royal Geographical Society on May 14, 2019 in London
The report cites the Foreign Affairs Handbook stating that “offensive or derogatory comments based on a person’s race, color, gender or religion can create an offensive work environment and potentially lead to a violation” of anti-discrimination laws.
Johnson is quoted in response to the draft report in May. “If I have inadvertently offended someone in the performance of my duties, I deeply regret it, but I do not accept that I have treated employees with disrespect or discriminated against in any way,” he wrote.
CNN reported last month that Johnson was under investigation for allegedly making racist and sexist comments – and also for allegedly trying to use his post for the benefit of the President’s Scottish golf courses by bringing the British Open to one of his courses. .
“He said quite a sexist, racist,” a diplomat told the network.
The New York Times previously reported that Johnson had asked a British diplomat representing Scotland to bring the Open to Trump’s Turnberry golf course.
The IG report makes no mention of allegations about the use of his post for the president’s business.