- Title: Britain's Boris Johnson meets Republican leadership in Washington
- Date: 9th January 2017
- Summary: WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (JANUARY 9, 2017) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** BRITISH FOREIGN MINISTER, BORIS JOHNSON, WALKING DOWN HALLWAY IN THE U.S. SENATE AND ENTERING A ROOM BRITISH FOREIGN MINISTER, BORIS JOHNSON, STANDING FOR A PHOTO OP WITH SENATOR BOB CORKER, REPUBLICAN FROM TENNESSEE AND CHAIRMAN OF THE U.S. SENATE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS, BEFORE THE TWO MEN WALK AWAY MEDIUM OF U.S. HOUSE SPEAKER AND REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN FROM WISCONSIN, PAUL RYAN, WAITING IN HIS OFFICE FOR BRITISH FOREIGN MINISTER, BORIS JOHNSON, TO ARRIVE TWO UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE AIDS STANDING WHILE RYAN WAITS BRITISH FOREIGN MINISTER, BORIS JOHNSON, ENTERING THE U.S. HOUSE SPEAKER'S OFFICE AND SHAKING HANDS WITH PAUL RYAN BEFORE THE TWO MEN SIT DOWN FOR A PHOTO OP IN FRONT OF REPORTERS AND APPEAR TO DISCUSS SPORTS. CAMERA PANS FROM JOHNSON TO RYAN AND BACK TO JOHNSON, WHO THEN GETS UP BRIEFLY TO SEE SOMETHING IN SPEAKER'S OFFICE OFF CAMERA, AND THEN SITS DOWN AGAIN
- Embargoed: 23rd January 2017 22:25
- Keywords: British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson U.S. Senate Congress Donald Trump Senator Corker Speaker Paul Ryan Republicans House
- Location: WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES
- City: WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0015YD298N
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson met with U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan on Monday (January 9) as well as with Republican Senator Bob Corker who chairs the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
Johnson arrived in the United States to meet close advisers to President-elect Donald Trump and senior Congressional leaders to discuss ties between the countries.
Last June's vote to leave the European Union has left Britain facing some of the most complicated negotiations since World War Two, with the country keen to deepen ties with the United States and other nations to show that Brexit will not diminish its standing in the world.
Johnson's visit, which was not flagged in advance, is part of Prime Minister Theresa May's strategy to improve relations with Trump's team after the president-elect irritated the government by saying that outspoken anti-EU campaigner Nigel Farage would be a good choice for Britain's ambassador to Washington.
May's two most senior aides made a secret trip to the United States last month.
"Following the successful meeting last month between the Prime Minister's chiefs of staff and President-elect Donald Trump's team, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is undertaking a short visit to the U.S. for meetings with close advisers to the president-elect and senior Congressional leaders," a spokesman for Britain's foreign ministry said in a statement on Sunday.
"The discussions will be focused on UK-U.S. relations and other foreign policy matters."
May had told Sky News earlier in the day that she was sure that Britain and the United States would build on their close ties and that their "special relationship" would endure despite describing some of his comments about women as "unacceptable".
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