Ambassador’s Speeches, Remarks & Media

Ambassador Johnson giving remarks at the launch ceremony of the Mayflower400 autonomous robotic ship, Plymouth, September 16, 2020.

September 16, 2020
Ambassador Johnson’s remarks at the Launch of the Mayflower Autonomous Vehicle
“Because as we embark on this new era of marine exploration together it is clear to the world that in America and Britain and in countries like our old friend and partner, the Netherlands the pioneering spirit of the Mayflower really does live on!”

September 16, 2020
The Mayflower Spirit Lives On (Op-ed in The Western Morning News)
Together, we will set the gold standard for global trade in the 21st Century. We are taking a leap into the future and setting out to make history. Because in the United States and the UK, the Mayflower spirit lives on.

July 04, 2020
Britain and America must work together in the pursuit of liberty
“The term “Special Relationship” is worthy of reflection, particularly on this day which in 1776 marked the charting of a new course between our two nations. It is an enduring friendship built on the ideals that define both our countries — freedom, democracy, the rule of law, and human dignity. These values guarantee our shared prosperity and security, and make the Special Relationship a global force for good.”

June 11, 2020
A Trade Deal Between the U.S. and UK will Jumpstart Growth
Ambassador Johnson: For the first time in 50 years, the UK has the power to set its own trade agenda. There is so much more we can do together!

June 05, 2020
An Open Letter to the British People from Ambassador Robert Wood Johnson
The U.S. Embassy in London is united with the British public in grief over the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd, which deserves universal condemnation.  We offer our deepest condolences to the Floyd family.   His death is a reminder that as a nation we must do more to fight racism and injustice.

May 28, 2020
Resisting China’s Aggression in the South China Sea (Op-ed in The Times)
Ambassador Johnson: “For more than seven decades, the United States-United Kingdom special relationship has been a cornerstone of global peace and security. Our alliance is steeped in shared values of openness and the rule of law, including a firm commitment to freedom of the seas. London and Washington have long championed a maritime order based on international law that upholds freedom of navigation, unimpeded commerce and access to marine resources, with equal rules for large and small states alike.”

May 07, 2020
Britain and America rebuilt a world in ruins… and together we’ll do it again
“So on a day when we celebrate the heroes and victories of the past, we are also looking forward to the future and laying the groundwork for a new era of success in the special relationship.”

April 12, 2020
It’s a team effort in our collective fight against COVID-19
“As our nations rally together in the global fight against COVID-19, it has been inspirational to witness the collective spirit of the American and British people.”

March 26, 2020
China’s Secrets and Lies turned COVID-19 Into a Global Threat (Op-ed in The Times)
Ambassador Johnson: “It is bad enough when conspiracy-theory cranks spread dangerous misinformation around the world. It is far worse, and more dangerous, when malign misinformation is spread by a government’s officials. And that is exactly what the People’s Republic of China has been doing, spreading false accusations about the origin and spread of the coronavirus.”

February 11, 2020 
Ambassador Johnson visits Liverpool
Today Ambassador Johnson visited a number of sites around Liverpool as part of his trip to the city. He was greeted by Lord Mayor Anna Rothery at the station, before travelling to City Hall, where he was given a crest of the city.

January 26, 2020
Ambassador Johnson’s Letter to the Sunday Times (
In his Letter to the Editor in today’s The Sunday Times notes that American food is safe, nutritious and delicious! Including U.S. agriculture in a U.S.-UK Free Trade Agreement (FTA) will open markets for American & British farmers AND offer more choice for our consumers.

January 24, 2020
Ambassador Johnson letter to the Sunday Times 
“With all respect to Lord Rooker, given differences in how our two countries report on food borne illnesses and then analyze the data, it is challenging to directly compare numbers.  These differences mean we are often in effect comparing apples to oranges and as result, I do not agree with his interpretation.”


December 01, 2019
America is committed to NATO and NATO must be United Against Russia and China
Ambassador Johnson’s op-ed in today’s Telegraph.

November 11, 2018
Ambassador Johnson delivered  remarks at the 2019 Veterans and Remembrance Day at Brookwood American Cemetery

August 03, 2019
U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency conducts recovery operation in UK
For the first time ever in the United Kingdom, the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency have conducted a recovery operation to locate the remains of a U.S. airman who crashed here days before D-Day.

June 25, 2019
Think Big!
Ambassador Johnson delivered a keynote speech at the Center for Policy Studies’ Margaret Thatcher Conference on Britain and America.

May 27, 2019
Ambassador Johnson’s Remarks at the Cambridge American Cemetery on Memorial Day 2019
“We could not have asked any more of our D-Day heroes.They were truly part of our ‘Greatest Generation’.And today, we remember them with pride and with gratitude.”

May 20, 2019
Ambassador Johnson visits BAE F-35 Factory
During a visit to the North West this week, Ambassador Johnson visited the BAE F-35 factory at Samlesbury.
Together with the leadership team from Lockheed Martin he celebrated BAE Systems Air’s production of the 500th F-35 tail section.

May 20, 2019
Ambassador Johnson Tours Heinz factory in Kitt Green
On Monday, May 20, 2019, Ambassador Johnson toured the Kraft Heinz Company factory in Wigan, Greater Manchester. The Ambassador met with the Kitt Green executive leadership team as well as production employees while viewing the advanced innovations in this state-of-the-art facility.

May 16, 2019
To celebrate World Bee Day, Ambassador Johnson hosted a “World Bee Day Reception” at Winfield House! Photos are on our Flickr album.

May 03, 2019
This evening Ambassador Johnson hosted U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator Lisa Gordon-Hagerty and a great group of U.S.-UK nuclear security experts, first responders, and members of the armed forces at Winfield House. This was an excellent reminder of how our two countries work together to improve nuclear security worldwide.

April 28, 2019
Exercise Tiger 75th Anniversary Memorial Service, April 2019 (Flickr album)

March 28, 2019
Ambassador Johnson visits New Covent Garden Fruit & Veg Market.

March 16, 2019
Ambassador Johnson visits London Zoo – Flickr album

March 10, 2019
Don’t let the EU’s chicken scare stories stop Britain and America striking a magnificent trade deal
Ambassador Johnson: “chlorinated chicken” is simply the EU’s way of blocking fair competition. Britain now has the opportunity to decide its own rules and priorities. Read my piece for the Daily Mail on Sunday.

March 07, 2019
Ambassador Johnson Hosts Women In STEM Panel Discussion
For International Women’s Day Ambassador Johnson opened our #WomenInSTEM discussion speaking about the importance of encouraging more women into the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) sector and the value they add to the industry as a whole.

March 05, 2019
U.S. Embassy London Announces Recruitment for 2019 SelectUSA Investment Summit
Ambassador Johnson today issued a call to business leaders to join the UK business investor delegation to the 2019 SelectUSA Investment Summit, June 10-12, in Washington, D.C. The Investment Summit promotes the United States as the world’s premier investment destination and connects qualified international firms with U.S. economic development organizations to facilitate business investment and job creation.

March 01, 2019
Don’t let smears about U.S. farms trap Britain into the EU’s Museum of Agriculture
“This week the United States published our objectives for a future trade deal with the UK. We are now ready to negotiate the most ambitious and comprehensive trade deal in the history of our special relationship. And of course we want agriculture to be part of those negotiations – it is a great opportunity for both of us.
But the British public has been led to believe otherwise. You have been presented with a false choice: either stick to EU directives, or find yourselves flooded with American food of the lowest quality. Inflammatory and misleading terms like “chlorinated chicken” and “hormone beef” are deployed to cast American farming in the worst possible light.”
This Op-ed by Ambassador Johnson was originally published in the Daily Telegraph of March 1st, 2019.

February 13, 2019
Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov
Ambassador Johnson: The United States is clear: We stand side by side with the United Kingdom in condemning Russia’s use of chemical weapons in Salisbury. The U.S. is determined to hold Russia accountable.

February 06, 2019
Ambassador Johnson attends the Cybersecurity Executive Briefing with Tanium (Flickr album)


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)

Three men walking through a museum exhibit room.
Ambassador Johnson visits Western Approaches in Liverpool.

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

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!