WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson mentioned on Wednesday he would make a one-day go to to Britain subsequent week the place he hoped to go to the brand new U.S. embassy.
Speaking to reporters whereas flying again to Washington from a go to to the North American West Coast, Tillerson didn’t clarify if he would formally open the controversial constructing.
This month, U.S. President Donald Trump cancelled a visit to London to open the embassy scheduled for subsequent month, saying he didn’t wish to endorse a nasty deal agreed by the Obama administration to promote the previous one for “peanuts.”
Asked whether or not he agreed with Trump that the brand new embassy was in an inferior location and if the transfer had been a mistake, Tillerson mentioned: “That’s a decision that’s already been taken, so I don’t think we need to revisit it.”
Asked if he deliberate to inaugurate the brand new embassy, Tillerson mentioned: “On any trip, I try to make a visit to the mission, have a town hall meeting, opportunity to engage with our local folks.”
He mentioned he had mentioned his London agenda with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who had been “loading it up” and added: “We don’t have the details yet, but I hope to get by the embassy.”
The cancellation of Trump’s journey was an extra blow to relations between Britain and the United States, for lengthy the closest of allies. More than a yr into his presidency, Trump has but to go to London, with many Britons vowing to protest towards a person they see as crude, risky and against their values on a variety of points.
Tillerson rejected the suggestion that Trump would possibly see Britain as much less helpful now it was embroiled in Brexit and different political points.
”No, in no way,“ he said. ”I imply, we nonetheless have the particular relationship with the British folks. As , President Trump was supportive of the UK’s exit from the EU. He nonetheless thinks that was the suitable choice for them.
“Britain needs to focus on those Brexit negotiations right now, which is really important to them, and I think the president realizes that’s where Prime Minister May really needs to focus her attention, working through, you know, the negotiation around the exit.”
The choice to maneuver the U.S. embassy from Grosvenor Square within the upmarket Mayfair space of London to a web site on the south financial institution of the Thames was agreed in 2008 below President George W. Bush.
Reporting by David Brunnstrom; Editing by Nick Macfie