Woody Johnson: US ambassador to UK denies making racist comments

Woody Johnson: US ambassador to UK denies making racist comments

Woody Johnson: US ambassador to UK denies making racist comments

America's ambassador to the United Kingdom has taken to Twitter to defend his reputation, rejecting allegations that he made insensitive remarks on race and gender.

The State Department, meanwhile, defended Johnson in written comments attributed to a unnamed spokesman.

Five sources with knowledge of the situation told CNN that the State Department started looking into the embassy and Johnson in the fall of 2019.

Current and former U.S. officials say the charges against U.S. Ambassador to the Court of Saint James's Robert "Woody" Johnson surfaced during a routine inspection of operations at the embassy and are to be addressed in a report by the State Department's inspector general.

The State Department's Inspector General opened a probe into Woody Johnson, who owns the New York Jets National Football League team and whom Trump chose as America's top envoy to the United Kingdom in 2017, after he raised the request with the United Kingdom secretary of state for Scotland, David Mundell, according to multiple reports. CNN cited a source that said, "he's said some pretty sexist, racist" things. Sterling's comments were recorded and indisputable; Johnson's comments are based on accounts from those who allegedly heard them, and Johnson disputes making them.

Among the racial transgressions cited in the CNN report were Johnson questioning the goal of Black history month and remarking that it was a "real challenge" that Black fathers didn't remain with their families.

Complaints also have been made that Johnson complimented the appearances of female employees during staff meetings, according to The New York Times.

Mr Trump on Wednesday denied he ever asked Mr Johnson to make the case for Turnberry, on Scotland's west coast, and Mr Johnson has dismissed all allegations of inappropriate behaviour, which were first reported by The New York Times and CNN.

Johnson was notably appointed to such a role by President Donald Trump back in November 2017 and was recently investigated by State Department officials for a variety of different possible violations and wrongful doing.

The White House, the Trump Organization and the U.S. Embassy declined to comment on the report. "No, I never spoke to Woody Johnson about that, about Turnberry", Trump told reporters. The Royal St George's Golf Club was set to host the 2020 Open before it was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump on Wednesday denied the reports that he had asked Johnson to try to bring the Open Championship to his resort.

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