Dan Walker has defended his BBC Breakfast interview with Dominic Raab on Wednesday after he was accused of being ‘unpleasant’ and ‘nasty’.
The Foreign Secretary was challenged over his holiday in Greece which took place as the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan, facing accusations he was ‘too busy’ to speak with his counterpart in the country and the time.
When he appeared on the morning news show today, Dan explained an ‘overwhelming’ number of viewers wanted to ask Mr Raab: ‘Did you have a nice holiday?’
‘The reason for that Mr Raab is that while the Taliban were marching on Kabul, our British troops under pressure, the vision that many people had and many people have this morning is that you were on a beach in Crete and you didn’t come home for another two days,’ he explained.
Mr Raab insisted he spent his holiday engaging with the Cobra meetings, slamming reports he was ‘paddle boarding in the ocean’ as ‘nonsense’ because the sea was supposedly closed.
Dan also pushed the cabinet minister over claims Boris Johnson requested Mr Raab returned home, but he persuaded the PM to allow him to stay for a further two nights.
‘That is absolute nonsense,’ stressed Mr Raab.
While most viewers backed Dan all the way over the interview, some felt he went too far.
To those people, Dan hit back on Twitter, posting: ‘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.’
Dan’s followers defended the presenter in their droves, with one commenting: ‘I think you were incredibly polite under the circumstances’ and another agreeing: ‘You were very polite and therefore I do not understand how people can say you were nasty. Ignore those people. :-).’
Pressure continues to mount on Mr Raab with thousands of desperate Afghans and international civilians packing into airports trying to flee the country amid worrying reports over the treatment of those who opposed the Taliban and supported UK and US efforts in the country.
BBC Breakfast airs weekdays at 6am on BBC One.
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