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america." reporting from washington, i am 'brien. boris johnson is heading to number 10. as britain's next prime minister, he has a daunting task ahead, but his goals are clear. mr. johnson: deliver brexit, unite the countr d andefeat jeremy corbyn. that is what we are going to do. jane: special counsel robert mueller is told to stick to the uscript as congress geafor his appearance tomorrow. they will have questions, but will he answer? and europe is feeling the heat as temperatures soar across the region. everyones looking for relief. jane: for those watching on pbst and arou globe, welcome to "world news america." tomorrow, boris johnson will be confirmed as the 55th person to serve as british prime minister.
he won the race to become conservative party leader, beating his rival jeremy hunt bl a margin ost 2-1. in a short acceptance speech, he declared his mission to take britain out of the eu by t 31st of october and reunite the country. but major challenges lie ahead. the bbc's political editor laura kuenssberg starts our coverage. laura: on the way to meet his fate, the position he had so long dreamed of. on the way to hear whether he urned what felt inevitable. how are you feeling? >> zen-like calm laura:oris johnson's supporters knew thater a bumpy start they had the advantage. >> feeling positive this morning. >> let's wait and see what happens. laura: but as ever ilitics, the actual result the prize. not the relt in that folder, is it? >> you will all find out the result when it is announced.
g ura: jeremy hunt grinnind bearing it. mr. johnson may be wondering,ow what n? >> i give notice that boris johnson is elected as the lead of the conservative and unionist party. laura: a brief momenwhere do i go now" as the rest of the room got to its feet.it a thumping majfor mr. johnson, a knowingly controversial pick. mr. johnson: there will be people around the place who will question the wisdom of your decision. [laughter] mr. johnn: there may be some people here who wonder what they have done. no onearty, no one person has a monopoly, obviously. but if you look at the history of the last 200 years o'his party'existence, you will see that it is we conservatives who have had the best insights. laura: talking as the tory campaigner, completeith gags, a prime minister with the most
serious of tasks from tomorrow. mr. johnson: at this pivotal moment in our history, we have to reconcile two sets of instincts, two nob sets of instincts, between the deep upsire of friendshipree trade and mutualrt and security and defense between britain and our european partners, and the simultaneous desire, equally deep and heartfelt, for democratic self-government in this country. laura: brexit is not impossible, he says. it can and must be done. mr. johnson: i look at you and i ask myself, do you look daunted? do you feel daunted? i don't think you look remotely daunted. e people of this country are trusting in us to do it, and we know that we will do it. laura: the threshold of number 10 still entertaining this crowd. . johnson: i know some wag has already pointed out that deliver, unite, and defeat was
e perfect acronym for an election campaign, since unfortunately it spells dud. but they forgot the final e, my friends, e for energize, and i say to all the doubters, dude, t we are goienergize the country. we will get brexit done in a new spirit of can-do. we are gng to unite this amazing country. the campaign is over and the work begins. thank you all very much. laura: but his inheritance as leader means it might just not be work. maybe a miracle or three. you are now in charge. j >> well, mnson is in charge and he has my full support. you will now be forming -- he will now be forming a cabinet, and i'm sure he se that to make sure he can deliver brexit. laura: he is a divisive candidate, isn't he? >> wl, it didn't feel like that in his room. there is total commitment to get behind the new prime minister te
no one underestimates the difficulty, least of all our new man. >>t my ambition jipped a generation. who could be happier? laura: to work, the site of the prime minister's cavalcades making its way around westminster. the first vital and symbolic task, what to do with the rest of the cabinet. >> this was always going to be uphill for us. i am someone who voted rprain, we have e minister voting remain, and lots of conservative party members felt that this was the moment where you had to have someone who voted for brexit. laura: one mp joked with mr. johnson, the circus ha to town. some ministers quitting, they don't want to take part. >> the minister will get all my support, but i do have grave concerns about leaving without a deal. it is the proper thing to do. laura: yet thousands of miles
away, a warmer response than p from some in hty. pres. trump: they say britain trump, that they like r there. that is what they wanted. what they need. he will get it done. boris is good. laura: he is t master here now, the new leader arriving to meet the party troops at conservative headquarters. a viory for a man whose political career has been down almo as much as up. a triumph of animal spirits over analysis, perhaps.so boris joh's big sell, belief. you can't question mr. johnson's enthusiasm for the pursuit of ambition. nor his promise to make the most of brexit, cleaning up the mess he helped create. but as he was chred by tory mps in the commons this afternoon, they all know a sumptuous turn of phrase, a love of controversy and power, won't be enoh on their own. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. jane: for more on boris johnson
and the future of the u.k., i spoke earlier to heather conley, a former state department official who is now at the center for strategic and international's tories -- inrnational studies. she joined me and my colleague christian fraser and i started by asking how boris johnson relationship wh president ump will deliver -- will differ from theresa may's. heather: the president likes him, like his approach, but president trump will put an enormous amount of pre oure on the u.a number of issues, whether it is on huawei, potentially on iran, and the prime mister will have to decide the interests are defending his country's interests, as they are defined, or is he going to support president trump's direction? president trump was informing prime minister may that he had a better negotiating strategy and she didn't listen to him. we will see if prime miniss r johnson taps from president trump.
jane: how muchdo leverag the u.k. have not just with the u.s. but with the heather: this is where the prime minister is gointo enter reality, and you will find in brussels that very much as prime minister may did, there is a barrier to what he can achieve. there is tinkeng on the margins, some transition, and the u.s. can manage some positions and try to help, bute at the end of day the u.s. will focus on its interest. certainly president trump during thstate visit was very clear about a free trade agreement and how the u.s. would use its leverage in that relationship. again, this is about natiol interest. the prime minister is going to have to make very difficult choices. christian: heath, one of the concerns, and it is a warm relationship betwean boris johnsodonald trump, but one of the concerns is that it might be too warm andno he will t be able to push back against him. other leaders have tried and
failed. heather: you are absolutely right, and i wilbe watching closely how soon johnson will be visiting the oval office orhe united states, and that is when some of that pressure might be applied to gethe.k. to respond to u.s. initiatives. certainly iran, that iran nuclr agreement, where the u.k. has been part of the 's response, remaining in that agreement, lots of pressure ere. you are ashley wright, and you are absolutely right, and keeping his positive relationship, the u.k. will have to decide how it wishes to preserve its interests, and they will be in conflict from time to time. conley joining earlier, and of course we will have more on boris johnsro later in theam. let's have a quick look at some of the days of the news. the former premier of china, li peng, has died at the age of 90. he backed the use of force against demonstrators in tiananmen square in 1989 that killed hundreds, possibly thousands of people.
the u.s. senate has confirmed mark esper as defenssecretary. the position was vacated longer than ever beforen the pentagon's history following the resignation of jim mattis last year. mr esper received support from republican and democratic senators and is being sworn i south korean fighter jets fired warning shots at a russian military craft that twice entered its airspace. russia denies any vlation, but it also drew a response from japan. it said south korea's actions had been totally unacceptable. democrats and republicans in congress are lining sp questions foial counsel robert mueller, who takes the hot seat on wednesday for a pair of highly anticipated hearings. is due to discuss the findings of his report into ruian election meddling an explain some of his decisions regarding president thump. justice department officials have warned mr. mueller to not go beyond what has been released
to the public. for more can i spoke with rormer federalcutor joseph moreno. ifnde sticks to this report, there is every indication he will, what aree going to get? joseph: it will be a dramatic day, one of the heaviest watched congressional testimonies of an official in many years. the question is will we learn anything new? we know the special counsel does not want to go far beyond what is already in his report. and now we know the justice department feels the same way. hthey are telli, don't go beyond what is in your report. there might be some drama, there might be interesting answers to carefully worded questions, but at the end of thday, will we learn anything absolutely new? highly questionable. jane: how do democrats in particular approach this? how do you question a prosecutor? joseph: it is an unusual situation. usually prosecutors are eliciting information from witnesses and we ones sitting in the galley being asked questions. we are in strange territory here.
i think the democrats really feel it is important for the american people to hear from a well respected former prosecutor, mr. mueller, exactly what he found. they feel the 448-page report released three months ago wasde e, filled with legal jargon, most americans are not going to read all of it or any of it. but to hear from a well-respected prosecutor, it might sink in exactly what he found and how serious was it. jane: we know they have been in dress rehearsals for this, so the stakes are high. what is the top question? joseph: did the president obstruct justice? any legal proceeding has the right to proceed unimpeded.tn if you as a s or subject or target lie or destroy evidence or compel others to lie on your behalf or donything to prevent prosecutors from getting information they need, you have potentially obstructed justice. that is the ultimate question. i think the answer is going to be was it one of substance -- basically, there was not enough
evidence to charge the president -- or was it process, basically saying that because of jusce department policy, we never could charge him, and therefore, we didn't make the decision whether the evidence was sufficient. jane: ne of those answers are likely to appease everybody. could he at least explain his thinking without going beyond the privilege that the doj claims he needs to abide by? joseph: it is going to be difficult, jane. it is already unusual to have a prosecut sitting there. it is even more unusual to ask ofat prosecutor to get into the inner deliberationim and his team over a period of years. this is usually information done within the justice department behind closed doors. it is not open to public scrutiny or questioning. it is going to be very difficult to elicit from the special counsel what he was thinking and k y he made certain decisions. i think he will st the facts and the law and really h push back gets questions that get into internal
deliberations.lo jane: of democrats would say that there is already enough evidence to bring impeachment against donald trump. is anything that mr. mueller says likely to change that, chment is aimp political decision? joseph: i think that democrats, or politicians in general, would like to hear from the special counsel one way or the other. it would give them cover on their own vote whether to impeach or not. i think they are going to be disappointed, because in selcial counsel r's mind, that is not his job. his job is not to say i found high crimes and misdemeanors worthy of impeachment. his job is basicallyg say collected all this evidence, i have packaged it up for yo but you, congress, have to be the ones to make that difficult decision, and i'm not going to make it easy for you. ja: certainly isn't. thank you very much indeed for joining us. you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come on to's program, british politics ard
t, but the weather is even hotter. teeratures soar across the u.k. and much of europe as an unusual heatwave takes hold. a life that started as an able-bodied child in the somali land, but a trip to the u.k changed his life, giving him opportunities he never had in somalia. has been sharing his story with the bbc. reporter: the left sox lia at age siyears old to escape the civil war giving. he moved to liverpool with his fami and began a new life. but 8 years later, a tragic accident for some >> i was sitting in a windowsill and the window was wide open. 'i didn'realize at the time it was a sunny day, it wasn't windy, so it wasn't moving.
as i leaned a back, went straight through the window and damage my back. woke up two weeks later in a hospital. they told me i couldn't walk. i'm lucky to be alive. i di twice in a coma or something. i don't remember any of this. i was lucky to be alive. life goes on. a guy came to the school. you told me, why don't you give it a go. "man, you are good." seeing couldn't do was incredible. my fellow african brother was showing me the ways of how to do stuff. reporter:bdi has gone on to flourish in the sport, winning all there is to win game. do you think you could have achieved anything you achieved like this if you lived in somalia? >>il you get the facies. in africa, there is a lot of
africans through nigeria and not another team. even then the standard is very low. to get the standard to the level it shoulde, you need to see people as athletesnd not just as people that are disabled. jane: the heat has finally broken here in washington and across other parts of the united statesbut while we are breathing easier, people in the u.k. are still sweating. forecasters expect the heat to rise toughout the week, culminating in what they say could be the highest temperature ever recorded in the u.k. the bbc's chief environment correspondent has more. reporter: with the jet stream drawing heat up from africa, where would you go but the beach? that is where thousands headed today.
here, the water was as crowded as the sand.yo ev was looking for a way to cool down. in wiltshire, special treats for the lions. not so pleasant for travelers, though. the nhs issued warnings for vulnerable people to stay the shade and keep hydrated. london experienced the highest temperatures, which peaked at a eltering 33.7 degrees centigrade. like most of the rest of the u.k., it is 8 to 10 degrees above the average for this time of year, and it is set to get even hotter. forecasters say it could go as high as 38 degrees on thursday. that would be an all-time record for july. and they are set to score some records across europe this week, too. france and germany are expecting scorching heat, and it is likely to t 40 degrees in the netherlands and belgium for the
first time. meanwhile, firefighters say wildfires in portugal have finally been brought under control. so when does extreme wther become evidence of climate change? >> if we think about a climate , a natural climate, if you adlike, thatot been induced by greenhouse gases, we would of course expect to see the occasional heatwave. mbut when we are seeing t spread quite a lot over the hemisphere, that is something that will be very unlikely to happ without human-induced climate change. reporter: the trend is clear. globally over the last cenry, the temperature has been rising. with the last four years the warmest ever.at and hot r is deadly. last summer's heatwave is estimated to have caused 800at early , says public health england. so staying cool this summer could be a lifesaver.
jane: what a scorcher, as they say, and with august around the corner, we have not seen the last of the heat either here in washington. returning to our top story, ris johnson's climb to the top of the political ladder in the on wednesday he will take over from theresa may as britain's prime minister. but what we know abo the man with the disheveled hair and the bombastic persona? our chief political correspondent vicki young las beenking at his career. mr. johnson: please call me bori vicki: the celebrity politician who defies the normal rules of potics. mr. johnson: the thing i love is being mayor of london. to brexit! vicki: today boris johnson haslf led his childhood dream to become prime minister. >> i have seen boris over the last few months become hecreasingly reflective on
sce of the challenge he is about to take on, and i'm actually convinced he is emotionally and intellectually ready for this. he knows the scale of it and he is up to it. reporter: boris johnson's pathwe to the top is trodden one, the 20th prime minister to be schooled at eton. he went on to study classics at oxford university. a career in journalism followed with a stint in brussels for "the telegraph," where he relished mocking the en commission. his profile was boosted by tv appearances. boris johnson had set his sights onre political career, and w better than the safe conservative seat of henley upon thames but even back then, as always -- as borisns j tried to become the conservatives' candidate, the local party was divided over his talents. some were attracted to thisic slightly eccen larger-than-life personality. others were concerned about whether he could be taken seriously. >> what you see is what you get. veyou get the slightly disd look. it is appealing to a lot of people.
weound that when campaigni with boris and when he was an mp, he would need people behind him to make everything happe it would be the person with charisma, the person leadi the charge. vicki: that is the approach he took when he was elected mayor of london in 200 >> such an honor to have you here, mr. mayor. mr. johnson: please call m boris. reporter: mr. johnson was the charismatic front ma happy to aperform for the cameras, the mishaps added to the celebrity status. mr. johnson:elease the rings into position now. vicki: his supporters say his s abouthip style i creating a feel-good factor. >> some peoe consider him to be divisive because of things he has written and said in the past. however, he is able to go into a room and get people feeling positive and feeling like they could achieve some change.
he dle it in london. t's hope he can do it for the country. vicki: over the years, his private life brought unwanted press attention. mr. johnson: absolutely no comment. vicki: during his 25-year marriage, he had severwa affairs and sacked as arv conseive spokesman for lying about one of them. last year he split up with his wife. professional relationships have been strained, too. mr. johnson's two yearcras foreign seary brought awkward moments, some with serious consequences. he mistakenly told mp's that a british citizen imprisoned i iran had been training journalists in the country. he suggested libya had a bright future if it could only clear thdead bodies away. colleagues complained he did not focus on important details and found it hard to make decisions. >> there is this real trust deficit. he has not done what he has supposed to have been. yes not read his briefs come he has not put the cbuntry first, he put himself first. vicki:ns but frienist his
unconventional approach could charm even the toughest of audiences. many conservative mpare pinning their hopes on borisbe johnsouse they believe he is a winner. heor drew adg crowds when he led the "vote" leampaign. but brexit is the most divisive of issues. n: i like it, it's brilliant. vicki: the new prime ministe will need more than exuberance, charisma, and bit of optimism. jane: tomorrow we will have full coverage of both boris johnson coming british prime minister and the special counsel robert mueller testifying on capitol hill. do join us for that. it promises to be a very busy day. you can find more of all the day's news on our websiteo' i am ja'brien. thanks for watching "bbc world news america announcer: funding for this presentation is made possible by... the freeman foundation; by judy and peter blum-kovler foundation,
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