Gary Johnson has another 'Aleppo moment' as he struggles to name foreign leaders

The Libertarian candidate has an average of 9% support in opinion polls

Gary Johnson has another 'Aleppo moment' as he struggles to name foreign leaders

Gary Johnson. Screenshot: MSNBC

Libertarian US presidential candidate Gary Johnson had another self-confessed 'Aleppo moment' in an interview yesterday when he was unable to name a foreign leader he admires.

Mr Johnson made headlines last month when he answered "what is Aleppo?" in a response to a question about how he would respond to the situation in the besieged Syrian city.

In an interview yesterday, MSNBC's Chris Matthews asked Mr Johnson to name a foreign leader he respected.

After a few moments hesitation, the former governor answered: "I guess I'm having an Aleppo moment."

He eventually said a "former president of Mexico" - and after further prompting and suggestions he settled on the 'terrific' Vicente Fox, who served as Mexican president between 2000 and 2006.

Opinion polls have shown the Libertarian candidate with around 9% support. Candidates need to have 15% across five national polls to participate in the televised debates.

He has gained some unexpected support, however. He was today endorsed by The Detroit News - a paper that has never endorsed anyone other than the Republican candidate in a presidential contest.

The paper wrote: "We abandon that long and estimable tradition this year for one reason: Donald J. Trump.

"The 2016 nominee offered by the Republican Party rubs hard against the editorial board’s values as conservatives and Americans. Donald Trump is unprincipled, unstable and quite possibly dangerous. He can not be president."

It adds: "This is an endorsement of conscience, reflecting our confidence that Johnson would be a competent and capable president and an honorable one."