British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson who led the campaign to leave the European Union says he came to the United Nations to show that far from withdrawing into isolationism the United Kingdom wants to play a greater role on the world stage.

The former London mayor and journalist who prided himself on provocation responded with uncustomary diplomacy Friday when asked whether his philosophy and Britain's EU exit vote bore any similarities to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's acceptance speech announcement that "Americanism, not globalism, will be our credo."

Johnson said it would be wrong to meddle in American politics or the presidential election and the UK government will work with whoever is elected — "but I would draw a very, very strong contrast between 'Brexit' and any kind of isolationism."