None of my staff has undermined coronavirus messaging – PM Johnson
FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Downing Street following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain, May 20, 2020. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday he believed that none of his staff had undermined the public health message for how people can help tackle the coronavirus outbreak, adding he regretted the anger over his senior adviser’s movements.
“Yes of course I do regret the confusion and the anger and the pain that people feel … That’s why I wanted people to understand exactly what had happened,” Johnson told a news conference straight after his adviser, Dominic Cummings, defended his trip to northern England during the lockdown.
“I do not believe that anybody in Number 10 has done anything to undermine our messaging,” he said, referring to his Downing Street office.
Reporting by Estelle Shirbon, writing by Elizabeth Piper