The State Department's Inspector General has released a 43-page report on the U.S. Embassy in the UK, in which staff complained that Ambassador Woody Johnson made inappropriate or insensitive comments on race and gender.
The result is included in a broader look at "Executive Management, Policy and Program Implementation, Resource Management" and other issues at the US Embassy in London, one of the most important diplomatic positions abroad.
The report confirms explosive allegations made last month that Johnson made "sexist, racist" comments that staff reported to investigators.
The IG concluded that "a more thorough Departmental review is warranted" after briefly setting out the allegations against the owner of the New York Jets and the heir to Johnson & Johnson.
According to a new report from the Inspector General, the US Ambassador to Great Britain, Woody Johnson, has been accused of sometimes making "inappropriate or insensitive comments"
The IG investigators found that "some employees were affected by the ambassador's demanding and tough driving style and had a negative effect on morale in some embassy departments".
The IG learned through questionnaires and interviews that "the ambassador sometimes made inappropriate or insensitive comments on topics that are generally considered to be of equal value for equal opportunities (EEO), such as religion, gender or skin color."
It was not stated what the comments were.
"For example, some embassy staff told OIG that when the ambassador was frustrated with what he interpreted as being overly cautious on the part of staff or opposition to suggestions he felt strongly, sometimes they questioned their intentions or implied that he could have them replaced. " IG wrote and commented on Johnson's lead.
"This made employees suspicious of giving him the best judgment."
President Donald Trump leaves Winfield House, the residence of U.S. Ambassador Woody Johnson, left, before boarding the Marine One helicopter in London for Checkers on Friday, July 13, 2018
Ambassador Johnson Accreditation Ceremony on November 8, 2017
The comments are part of a broader look at the U.S. Embassy in London
The report mentions personal conflicts, morals, and "insensitive" comments on Rae and sex
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (R), speaks with U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain, Robert Wood Johnson, while speaking at a joint meeting of Task Forces United for Wildlife for the Finance and Transportation Sectors to Combat the Illicit Wildlife Trade in the Royal Geographical Society attends May 14, 2019 in London
The report cites the Foreign Affairs Handbook, which states that "offensive or derogatory comments based on a person's race, color, gender or religion create an offensive work environment and potentially result in a violation of anti-discrimination laws" .
Johnson is quoted in response to the May draft report. "If I have inadvertently insulted someone in the performance of my duties, I deeply regret it, but I do not accept the fact that I have treated employees with disrespect or discriminated against in any way," he wrote.
CNN reported last month that Johnson was under investigation for allegedly making racist and sexist comments – and for allegedly trying to use his post to benefit the President's Scottish golf courses by putting the British Open on one of his courses.
"He said a pretty sexist, racist one," one diplomat told the network.
The New York Times previously reported that Johnson had asked a British diplomat representing Scotland if he wanted to take the Open to Trump's Turnberry golf course.
The IG's report does not mention any allegations that his post is being used for the benefit of the president.
Johnson wrote in his full response: “During my tenure as US Ambassador to the UK and throughout my professional life, I have respected both the law and the spirit of the EEO principles and made sure that all employees under my direction do that Same. & # 39;
He continued, “If I have inadvertently insulted someone in the performance of my duties, I deeply regret it, but I do not accept that I have treated employees with disrespect or discriminated against in any way. My goal is to lead the highly talented team at Mission UK to implement the President's guidelines and do so in a way that respects our differences and is not tolerant of discrimination of any kind. & # 39;
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