British Prime Minister Boris Johson couldn't have imagined that a selfie with popular TV anchors will spark a meme frenzy and invite criticism from some quarters. PM Johnson joined Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby in their popular show This Morning on Thursday. The programme aired on Britain's ITV channel.
Johnson was spotted taking the selfie in a Huawei smartphone, which sparked row over national security. Several Western nations like the US has raised concerns over privacy and data breach in China-made Huawei devices which they allege leaves backdoor access to the Chinese government to snoop in. However, both the Chinese government and Huawei has vehemently denied such allegations.
This is a better selfie pic.twitter.com/1S4taN1ARO— John Earle TATSAC (@JEarleSkembear) December 5, 2019
This, apparently, is what rigorous scrutiny from the British media looks like. pic.twitter.com/iPlCBxgeom— Ash Sarkar (@AyoCaesar) December 5, 2019
Can I point out that if Mr Corbyn had asked for a selfie, we would have happily obliged.— Phillip Schofield (@Schofe) December 5, 2019
The British leader will face voters on December 12 at a time when the United Kingdom finds itself in the middle of political turmoil over Brexit. Johnson faces stiff rivalry in opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. Johnson has pitched his Conservative Party's campaign on having a clean break from the European Union (EU) and has asked voters for an outright majority to push his Brexit deal through Parliament and leave the EU on January 31.
(With inputs from agencies)