Boris Johnson Meets Trump Team in New York
Boris Johnson was in New York to hold talks with members of Donald Trump’s team as the UK government lead by Theresa May looks to strengthen the two countries’ relationship, which the president-elect himself has described as “special”.
The Britain Foreign Secretary met Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon and son-in-law Jared Kushner on what has been described as a hastily arranged trip.
This comes in the wake of Theresa May’s comments castigating Trump’s infamous groping remarks – which surfaced a few weeks before election – describing them as unacceptable before nonetheless stressing on her positivity as regards the imminent business man’s presidency.
May – who is expected to meet the president-elect in the spring – talked positively of the two conversations she has had with him, superficially dismissing any implicit differences she may be having with the former television personality.
The status of the relationship between the UK and US has come under huge scrutiny thanks to the controversial events of the Brexit Referendum followed by the US presidential election, in which the Republican emerged victorious, with the bulk of the UK parliament believed to be critical of the tycoon’s decorum. Partly, the abhorrence has been ascribed to the president-elect’s public romance with former Ukip leader and strong patron of Brexit, Nigel Farage. There have also been uncertainties over NATO’s future, and in particular the US’s willingness to stay committed to its pledge of coming to the aid of allies in response to an invasion, following Mr. Trumps constant praise for Russian leader Vladimir Putin before and after his election.
Boris. Johnson himself, at one time – in response to Trump’s remarks linking London with crime – said that that he feared visiting New York mainly because of the “real risk of meeting Trump”. That however seems to have been ignored as the minister looks to meet more representatives of Trump’s camp during the week.
Boris Johnson is expected to be in Washington DC where he will meet senior congressional leaders to further discuss the United States foreign policy towards Russia, China and Syria, which was the main agenda of the visit. He will however not meet his appointed opposite number Tillerson, as protocol doesn’t allow for that until he is formally sworn in as secretary of state.
Boris Johnson’s visit comes only hours after Donald Trump took to Twitter to welcome his meeting with Theresa May in the spring, making for only his second visit to the USA as Foreign Secretary, with the first being to the UN General Assembly back in September.
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