According to The Hill, President Donald Trump’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, Robert Wood “Woody” Johnson, is being investigated by the State Department’s Office of Inspector General over complaints that he made sexist and racist remarks.
- The investigation also covers allegations that Johnson used his position to benefit the president’s personal business.
- Johnson, “the billionaire former NFL chairman who has served in his post since 2017,” allegedly “made racist generalizations against Black people, questioned why Black History Month should be celebrated and described women as decorative objects in ‘cringeworthy’ remarks, according to multiple sources that spoke with CNN.”
- The ambassador reportedly said “the ‘real challenge’ was that Black fathers didn’t remain with their families” in remarks that were “were documented and made known to inspectors with the OIG and a supervisor.”
- Johnson “also allegedly said that he liked working with women because he believed they had lower salaries, saying they were ‘cheaper and worked harder than men,’ and also allegedly commented on the way they were dressed.”
- The sources also told CNN that Johnson showed no interest in hosting an event in 2017 for raising awareness about gender-based violence because he is “not a woman.”
- The ambassador reportedly also “was told by a diplomat that he had to stop hosting meetings at a historically men’s-only club in London because it wouldn’t allow women.”
The allegations against Johnson follow reports in The New York Times that the ambassador sought to use his position to benefit the president’s business ties in the United Kingdom, reportedly pushing for the British Open to be held at Trump’s golf course in Scotland.
Johnson denied the allegations, according to The Hill, saying in a Wednesday tweet:
“I have followed the ethical rules and requirements of my office at all times. These false claims of insensitive remarks about race and gender are totally inconsistent with my longstanding record and values.”
The State Department “put its support behind the ambassador, calling Johnson ‘a valued member of the team who has led Mission UK honorably and professionally.’"