Boris Johnson jetted off to NY last night to meet Donald Trump's most senior advisers and work on forging a relationship with the next president.
Boris Johnson had travelled to NY for talks with Trump's inner circle, including his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and chief strategist, Steve Bannon.
On Monday, Johnson will meet congressional leaders including Paul Ryan, the speaker, Bob Corker, the chairman of the foreign relations committee and the Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, The Guardian reported. Despite speculation that Mr Johnson could meet the president-elect, it is understood that no such meeting is planned.
The foreign secretary's visit comes after two of the prime minister's chiefs of staff, Fiona Hill and Nick Timothy, went on a private visit to meet members of the Trump team.
Johnson arrived in NY on Sunday where he held meetings with Steve Bannon, Trump's chief strategist, and Jared Kushner, the President-elect's son-in-law and close adviser during the transition, a UK Foreign Office official confirmed.
However, Mr Johnson has now been forced to eat his words, as he is making a trip to Trump Tower in a bid to make sure that the United Kingdom builds a good working relationship with the U.S. under Mr Trump's presidicency.
Johnson arrived in the USA after Prime Minister Theresa May stressed the importance she places on forging links with the new administration as Britain seeks to expand trade and security co-operation after Brexit.
Johnson has been less than complimentary about Trump in the past, once remarking that "the only reason I wouldn't visit some parts of NY is the real risk of meeting Donald Trump".
Although an official date has not yet been confirmed, it is expected to take place within weeks of Trump's inauguration on January 20.
The Prime Minister and Mr Trump are due to meet in Washington in the spring following the preparatory meetings by her aides over the Christmas period
Meanwhile, Mr Trump's incoming White House Chief of staff has said the President-elect now accepts the U.S. intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation tried to interfere in the USA election.
Downing Street has repeatedly dismissed Farage's offer to help her build a relationship with Trump's administration.
But she added: "The relationship that the UK has with the United States is about something much bigger than just the relationship between the two individuals as president and prime minister".
A poker-faced Mrs May responded: 'I think that's unacceptable but I think Donald Trump himself has said that and has apologised for it.
But like the rest of the British government, Johnson has struck a much more positive tone on Trump since his election, calling on global leaders to end their "whinge-o-rama" about the populist's victory.
'I look very much forward to [it],' he said.
Mr Trump's election and his praise for Russian president Vladimir Putin has also cast doubt on the future of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, in particular whether the United States will continue to uphold a commitment to come to the aid of allies if they are invaded.
"Sometimes people think that there is going to be a change in the American approach to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation".
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