Foreign secretary in attempt to draw a line under US row
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.