Ambassador’s Speeches, Remarks & Media

Thanksgiving Day service 2018 at St Pauls cathedral
Thanksgiving Day service 2018 at St Pauls cathedral (courtesy of Graham Lacdao)

December 01, 2018
The Passing of Former President George H.W. Bush
My wife Suzanne and I were deeply saddened this morning to learn of the death of former President George H.W. Bush.  Suzanne and I join the American people in sending our prayers and thoughts to his family.

November 30, 2018
The U.S. and UK Must Stand Together to Cut Off the Iranian Regime’s Funds for Terror
This month, the United States has turned up the pressure on Iran by imposing the toughest-ever sanctions to starve the regime of money to fund terrorism. Last week our European partners joined us by announcing proposed sanctions on Iranian intelligence officials suspected of plotting assassinations in EU Member States. This is a welcome step forward, but this progress could be undermined by the EU-sponsored proposal to establish a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to enable companies to circumvent U.S. sanctions.

November 28, 2018
If Britain takes back control of trade, you will be first in line for a U.S. deal (Op-ed)
But if Britain takes back control of its trade policy, you will be at the head of the line. America and Britain are two of the most advanced economies in the world. Together we could agree the most sophisticated and ambitious free trade deal ever done – a heavyweight deal that gets the whole world to sit up and take notice. Together, we can show the rest of the world how it’s done.

November 22, 2018
Ambassador Johnson’s Thankgiving Day Remarks 2018 at St Paul’s Cathedral
For 60 years, St Paul’s has honored the great sacrifice of our young patriots in the war.  And every day, they turn another page in the roll of honor.
And bring to light the names of more young Americans who laid down their lives for the liberty we enjoy today.  I’m grateful to St Paul’s – and the British people – for keeping their memories alive over all these years.  I’m also grateful that every year this cathedral invites us here to worship together on the most special American holiday.

November 20, 2018
Ambassador Johnson visits Plymouth (Flickr album)

November 20, 2018
U.S. sanctions target conspiracy between Iran, Syria, and Russia to keep Assad regime in oil (The Telegraph website, registration required)
Ambassador Johnson’s op-ed in The Telegraph newspaper

November 18, 2018
Ambassador Johnson meets CrackedIt (Flickr album)

November 02, 2018
Ambassador Johnson visits the Royal British Legion Poppy Factory in Richmond.

November 15, 2018
Ambassador Johnson attends USA Food Week at Westmister Kingsway College (Flickr album)

October 26, 2018
Ambassador Johnson in the Sheffield Star
[Ambassador] Woody Johnson said the aerospace giant’s first factory in Europe was testament to just how good the city is. He was one of a host of global VIPs at the launch of the £40m facility near Catcliffe.   He also had a tour of the University of Sheffield’s Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.

October 26, 2018
TAPS Visits the Embassy (Flickr Album)
The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) delegation visits U.S. Embassy London and presents Ambassador Johnson with a tree sapling

August 01, 2018
America’s Thank You to Britain’s Finest
“So on behalf of the President and the American people, I want to thank every single one of you for your tireless work. You were at your very best during this visit.
But beyond the visit, I also want to thank you for the work you the whole year round. Every day I see the exceptional quality of policing in this country.”

July 26, 2018
U.S. Ambassador praises Leeds as ‘important city’ (via Yorkshire Evening News)
The American ambassador has given Leeds his endorsement and urged US companies to invest in the “important city”. Woody Johnson told the Yorkshire Evening Post “the only way is up” for Leeds as he singled out its tech, medical and education sectors for praise. But he also cast doubt on the prospect of a post-Brexit UK-US free trade deal, saying it was still “unclear” whether it could be done despite Prime Minister Theresa May publishing her Brexit strategy this month.

On a visit to the city, he said: “The business relationship that Leeds has with the US, fintech, hi-tech, medical tech, you have a fabulous, world class teaching hospital here and four universities. “It’s a blossoming community in a very nice setting. “I haven’t met that many people but I suspect they are a very well educated workforce, hard workers, perfect place for Americans to invest and to encourage local people to explore expanding into the US, because the US is exploding with prosperity now. “The stock markets, consumer confidence are off the charts now.” Mr
Johnson went on: “I was very impressed with Leeds, I think this city has so much to offer with the university, the people here the diversity of the community, so you can solve problems in a really, really interesting way.

“The only way I see is up, this community is going to really, really do well, and particularly when we stop talking about Brexit and start talking about prosperity for everybody.”

July 16, 2018
Ambassador Johnson’s visit the Farnborough International Airshow, July 2018: Photos are on Flickr!

July 4, 2018
Welcome Message from Ambassador Robert Wood Johnson and Mrs. Suzanne Johnson for the Independence Day event 2018, held at Winfield House, Regents Park Outer Circle, London, UK.

June 10, 2018
Op-ed: The F-35 fighter jet is a great deal for Britain. It adds fuel to your economy and fire to your defence
With greater security comes greater prosperity. It has always been the case and it always will be. So the F-35 may not be cheap, but it is a great deal. The UK has added fuel to its economy, and fire to its defence. Now Britain is ready to continue doing what it has done since the Battle of Britain – protecting a free and strong Europe. And as always, we will be right by your side.

May 08, 2018
Ambassador Johnson Visits Twitter UK (and learns how to code!)

May 3-4, 2018
Ambassador Johnson visits Scotland and Islay

Ambassador Johnson views the 100-year-old U.S. flag in the Islay Museum. Thanks to the Smithsonian Museum this was returned in time for today’s service.

April 29, 2018
It’s official! President Trump is coming to the UK on July 13.    This op-ed by Ambassador Johnson was featured in the Sun on Sunday of April 29, 2018.

April 26, 2018
President Trump is visiting the UK in July!

 

 

 

March 01, 2018
Ambassador Johnson was shown around Pontypool Indoor Market in Torfaen and Frogbikes in Mamhilad this morning by Anthony Hunt, TCBC Leader and Nick Thomas-Symonds, Welsh Labour MP for Torfaen. Shadow Security Minister & Shadow Solicitor-General.

February 27, 2018
Ambassdor Johnson launched recruitment for UK delegates to attend the 2018 Select USA Summit.

February 2018
It was great to have the British American Parliamentary Group (BAPG)in the Embassy recently. They are key to building personal ties between U.S. & UK representatives and deepening the Special Relationship for the future. (see photo at top)

November 30, 2017
Ambassador Johnson’s St. Andrews Day Message 2017  “I hope Scots and Scots-at-heart have a great day. With 27 million Americans claiming Scottish ancestry, you can be sure there will be celebrations on both sides of the Pond today.”

November 23, 2017
The American Spirit – Ambassador Johnson delivers remarks at the annual Thanksgiving Day ceremony at St Paul’s cathedral in London.

November 08, 2017
Ambassador Johnson presented his credentials to HM Queen Elizabeth II today.

October 18, 2017
Why U.S.-Scotland Links Mean a Great Deal   “Scotland’s economic importance to the United States cannot be underestimated. The connections forged over the centuries have established a close and highly beneficial trading partnership between us.”
This op-ed by Ambassador Johnson was first published in the Scotland Herald, edition of Wednesday, October 18, 2017.

October 17, 2017
Making a special bond even stronger   “Americans will always have a special bond with the people of Northern Ireland.   That is only natural. We have a long shared history. It was men and women from Northern Ireland who laid the very foundations of my country. Today millions of Americans proudly trace their family trees back to this region.”
This op-ed by Ambassador Johnson was first published in the Irish News, edition of  Monday, October 16, 2017.

October 03, 2017
Ambassador Johnson @USAmbUK: “Our flag has been lowered to half-staff as we mourn all the loved ones who were murdered & injured in yesterday horrible tragedy in Las Vegas.”
We have set up a virtual condolence book online.

September 12, 2017
Ambassador Johnson’s Remarks to the Pilgrims of Great Britain   Ambassador Johnson made his first UK speech to one of the oldest & most esteemed Anglo-American organizations, The Pilgrims of Great Britain.

September 08, 2017
This week as the weather turned cooler and kids headed back to school, Ambassador Johnson hit the ground running, meeting with Chancellor Philip Hammond at No. 11, Defense Secretary Michael Fallon at the Ministry of Defence, and members of the UK press at an off-the-record gathering at the U.S. Embassy in Grosvenor Square.

August 30, 2017
Ambassador Johnson has arrived at the Embassy and is already hard at work. He’s had a busy first week, including meetings with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Minister of State Sir Alan Duncan MP, Permanent Under Secretary Sir Simon McDonald, and, of course, Palmerston (the Foreign Office’s resident feline) at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. They’ve extended a warm welcome – watch it here!