The Inspector-General of the US Department of State found out that the country's ambassador to Great Britain, Woody Johnson, made вЂњinappropriate or tactless commentsвЂќ to his employees on issues of religion, sex, and skin color.
Johnson is a billionaire from the family that founded the pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson and the owner of the New York Jets franchise. He was appointed to his post by President Donald Trump and has been in office since August 2017. The inspector general said the Department of State should conduct a formal review of Johnson's compliance with the Equal Employment Opportunity Policy and, based on the results, вЂњtake appropriate action.вЂќ
The State Department, in turn, said it did not agree with the recommendation. A spokesman for the federal agency noted that Johnson is вЂњa valued member of the team who has led the UK diplomatic mission with integrity and professionalism.вЂќ
After receiving a response, the Inspector General said the issue remained вЂњunresolvedвЂќ. In his report, he pointed out that Johnson's вЂњdemanding and tenacious working styleвЂќ sometimes negatively affected the morale of embassy workers. For example, he sometimes hinted to employees who, in his opinion, resisted his decisions that he could replace them.