7 Apr, 2020
Mixed reactions on social media as some users praised the interview, while others branded the question about the UK nuclear arsenal as “stupid.”
Morgan appeared very concerned about who had access to the UK’s big red button as he clashed with Gove on Good Morning Britain. However, the Cabinet Office minister refused to be drawn on the incendiary question, prompting fierce debate on Twitter.
Morgan pressed him on the issue, pointing out that there was a clear chain of command in the US if the president is incapacitated, with the VP immediately assuming control.
Gove retorted by simply saying: “I know you’ll think this is just another politician refusing to answer the question, well I am. I hope I’ve been clear, Dominic Raab is in charge. We don’t talk about national security measures.”
Those of that view praised Gove for his diplomatic response to the question, suggesting Morgan was being needlessly alarmist.
However, others lavished praise on the exchange, describing it as “brilliant, concise and to the point,” clearly believing the issue of who’s finger was on the trigger to be of critical importance at this time.
Just hours after the interview, it was revealed that Gove would himself be isolating after a member of his family began showing symptoms of coronavirus.