For­eign sec­re­tary in at­tempt to draw a line un­der US row

The Press and Journal (Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS -

Boris John­son will at­tempt to draw a line un­der the diplo­matic row with the US over claims Bri­tain spied on Don­ald Trump when he meets se­nior mem­bers of the pres­i­dent’s team this week.

The for­eign sec­re­tary will travel to Washington DC and meet con­gres­sional lead­ers and mem­bers of Mr Trump’s team, in­clud­ing chief strate­gist Steve Ban­non and se­nior ad­viser Stephen Miller, to­day and tomorrow, it is un­der­stood.

But he is not ex­pected to raise the spat sparked by White House press sec­re­tary Sean Spicer, who re­peated al­le­ga­tions that UK eaves­drop­ping agency GCHQ spied on Mr Trump for Barack Obama.

Of­fi­cials are believed to be sat­is­fied by re­as­sur­ances from Mr Spicer and White House of­fi­cials that the US will not re­peat the al­le­ga­tions, which have been de­scribed by the UK as “ut­terly ridicu­lous”.

But Mr John­son will at­tempt to move on from the con­tro­versy and make fur­ther steps to­wards a UK-US free trade deal af­ter Brexit.

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