Bookcase diplomacy: Grant Shapps’ cabinets flatter new US counterpart

The UK transport secretary, Grant Shapps, has apparently used his bookshelves to flatter the incoming Biden administration within the US, whereas condemning Donald Trump for encouraging the storming of the Capitol building.

During a spherical of broadcast interviews on Friday morning, Shapps was seen with a replica of a memoir by Pete Buttigieg, Joe Biden’s nominee for transportation secretary, positioned behind his head as he gave video interviews from dwelling.

Grant Shapps locations a memoir by Pete Buttigieg, Joe Biden’s nominee for transportation secretary, face up on his guide shelf whereas condemning Trump impressed violence in Washington.

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In an interview with Sky News, he condemned the violence in Washington as “despicable” and mentioned it was “inescapable that people were encouraged to go a march on the Capitol building”.

Shapps’s feedback and his backdrop of the memoir, Shortest Way Home, come solely months after he declined to condemn Trump for suggesting folks ought to inject themselves with bleach to guard themselves from Covid. They additionally underline how rapidly senior Conservatives have moved from praising Trump to condemning him.

Shapps stopped wanting calling for Trump to be impeached as Democratic leaders within the US have demanded.

He mentioned: “What happened completely dishonours democracy and was just despicable to see those people encouraged to go to the Capitol building and to ransack it like that. I think we can very fairly leave it to the Americans to work out what they should do next, that’s their call clearly.”

He added: “It’s not for me interfere in American politics any more than I expect an American president or politician to do in the UK.”

Shapps’ bookshelves have drawn consideration earlier than, having beforehand featured union flags, a ministerial crimson field and face-up covers of books with titles together with Getting Inside People’s Heads and How to be Nice to People.

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