Trump allegation against GCHQ

28th March 2017

Keith Simpson questions the Foreign Secretary about President Trump's allegation against GCHQ which was “deeply damaging” to the Anglo-American relationship..

May I just bring the Foreign Secretary down to earth? The core element of the Anglo-American relationship is based on “Five Eyes” and intelligence. President Trump’s allegation, repeated from Fox News, was not like a gnat at a rhinoceros; it was deeply damaging, and I would be grateful if the Foreign Secretary would tell the House exactly what comments he made to the President or senior members of the White House to refute that.

 

I must respectfully disagree with my hon. Friend’s characterisation of the episode. I believe that it has done no lasting damage to our relationship, and certainly not to the special relationship or to intelligence sharing, which will of course carry on between our countries. As I say, that relationship is of huge value to the security of the west. As for the allegations themselves, let me repeat that they are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored.

 

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