Boris Johnson will use countering ISIS talks to avoid rowing about the spying scandal in Washington
The Foreign Secretary was not originally intending to revisit transatlantic tensions during his trip, but he is set to attend a major Washington DC conference later today aimed at countering the Islamic State terror group, sources suggest.
Mr Johnson will also reportedly focus on forging a UK-US free trade Brexit deal when he meets senior members of the President Trump’s team.
Britain is said to be ready to forget the spat after the US agreed not to repeat claims GCHQ wiretapped Mr Trump. GCHQ said the claims made by the White House were "nonsense".
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UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said it would take him too long to apologise for the 'rich thesaurus' of rude comments and insults
Mr Johnson will meet with congressional leaders and members of Mr Trump's team, including chief strategist Steve Bannon and senior adviser Kellyanne Conway.
On Monday, NSA director Admiral Mike Rogers insisted his organisation did not ask GCHQ to spy on Mr Trump during his bid for the White House.
Asked if President Trump making "baseless" claims against British security services damaged the close relationship between the two nations, Admiral Rogers said: "I think it clearly frustrates a key ally of ours."
Tensions simmered when White House press secretary Sean Spicer mentioned claims that British security agency GCHQ had spied on Mr Trump at Barack Obama's request.
In a rare public comment GCHQ said the claims were "utterly ridiculous nonsense" which should be ignored.
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Former British ambassador to the US Sir Westmacott said the scandal risked the US-UK relationship
London is said to be satisfied by assurances that White House officials will not repeat the allegations.
Mr Johnson will travel to New York on Thursday and chair a United Nations Security Council meeting on security in Somalia, famine and South Sudan.
The Foreign Secretary will also host a UN event on female empowerment around the world, aimed at giving women better access to schools, jobs and democracy.