UK’s Boris Johnson gives reporters tea while avoiding questions about anti-burqa comments


Former U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Sunday brought tea to reporters while avoiding their questions about his recent anti-burqa comments.

A video on BBC’s website shows Johnson, wearing a sweatshirt, carrying a tray with cups of tea, milk and sugar and offering it to reporters outside his Oxfordshire home. 

{mosads} A reporter can be heard repeatedly asking Johnson if he regrets his comments, which he ignores while continuing to offer her tea.

“If I have a cup of tea will you answer my question?” the reporter responded.

“I’m here solely on a humanitarian mission,” Johnson said. “You’ve been here all day and you’ve been incredibly patient.”

“I feel very sorry for you because I have nothing to say about this matter except to offer you some tea,” he added.

Johnson, who resigned last month amid disagreements with Prime Minister Theresa May over her Brexit strategy, is at the center of controversy over an op-ed he wrote earlier this month arguing against banning full-face veils.

In the piece, Johnson wrote that he does not think the burqa should be banned, but described it as an oppressive garment and compared women wearing them to “letterboxes” and “bank robbers.”

Johnson’s own Conservative Party has launched a disciplinary investigation into Johnson’s comments after receiving complaints that he is sparking Islamophobia.

The comments earned praise from former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon, who said that Johnson has “nothing to apologize for.”

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