Dan Walker slams claims he was ‘nasty’ to Dominic Raab as BBC interview divides viewers

Dan Walker grills Dominic Raab about his holiday

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Dan Walker challenged Dominic Raab, 47, about his recent family holiday to Greece, as he highlighted the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan. The 44-year-old presenter said many of his social media users asked him to question the Foreign Secretary about his trip, which he defended on BBC Breakfast.

Dominic said he wouldn’t have gone away at all in hindsight, if he knew what was coming.

He added that he based his young family on the beach, so he could go back to the apartment and engage in Cobra meetings.

He went on to slam claims he was lounging around instead of focusing on Afghanistan.

Dan then asked: “Fully understood and I appreciate your honesty in answering those questions, so can I ask you one further one on that, were you then told or asked to come home on Friday and then persuaded the Prime Minister to allow you to stay until Sunday?”

Dominic said such claims were “nonsense” and echoed again he was focused on the Taliban crisis.

He also quizzed the politician on the uncertain deadline for evacuating people from Afghanistan, with the Foreign Secretary admitting this was still to be decided.

Dan’s approach to the interview has been slammed by many viewers on Twitter.

One claimed the interview was “pathetic and cheap non-journalism”.

Another wrote: “BBC trash yet again even though people are on holiday they can still communicate, it’s like working from home.”

Hitting back in view of his 722,000 followers, he wrote: “For those accusing me of being ‘nasty’ & ‘unpleasant’ to @DominicRaab… I simply asked the Foreign Secretary for facts: when? why? & where? are the journalistic basics.

“If that is ‘nasty’ & ‘unpleasant’ then I’m not sure you’ve watched enough telly.”

Many of his fans shared their thoughts on his post.

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One commented: “I think you were incredibly polite under the circumstances.”A second added: “These questions HAVE to be asked Dan, your job is to do that so… to all those people that are complaining.”

“It was a brilliant interview. Ignore the haters, I though you were great, a third wrote.

It’s not the first time the presenter has had to defend himself following an interview with a member of parliament.

In January 2020, he was accused of being too “soft” during an interview with Boris Johnson.

Former rival Piers Morgan shared a clip from the interview, writing: “Another soft paddle interview that Downing Street has served up to BBC Breakfast, because they know they’re going to get an easy ride”.

Dan later wrote on Twitter: “Glad so many of you enjoyed our #BBCBreakfast exclusive with the PM yesterday.

“I fundamentally believe in being fair, polite & robust with every guest. Ranting helps no-one.

“I want you to listen to THEM not me.

“You can ‘speak’ truth to power… you don’t have to ‘shout’ it.”

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