Tillerson: Sometimes we forget importance of US-UK relationship

Tillerson: Sometimes we forget importance of US-UK relationship
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Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonReport: Trump UK ambassador fired deputy for mentioning Obama in speech Overnight Defense: Ex-Navy secretary slams Trump in new op-ed | Impeachment tests Pompeo's ties with Trump | Mexican president rules out US 'intervention' against cartels Pompeo-Trump relationship tested by impeachment inquiry MORE said Monday that the United States needs to pay attention to its relationship with the U.K. despite ongoing issues in other parts of the world.

“We spend a lot of time talking about the world’s problems, whether it’s North Korea, Syria or Yemen. And sometimes we forget about the importance of our own relationship,” Tillerson said, standing next to British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. 

“We need to pay attention to that relationship and the importance of this relationship on a bilateral basis as well,” Tillerson added. 


Tillerson met Monday with Johnson and Prime Minister Theresa May, Reuters reported

Tillerson and May discussed the future of the Iran nuclear deal, and Tillerson visited the recently opened U.S. Embassy in London, Reuters reported.

The U.S.-U.K. relationship has been rocky at times under the Trump administration. Trump drew criticism from several British leaders when he shared a video from a far-right British political group purporting to show violence committed by Muslims.

May also criticized Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, calling the decision "unhelpful."

Trump earlier this month said he canceled his trip to London for the opening of the new embassy because it was part of a bad real estate deal.

While Trump blamed the Obama administration, the move to relocate the embassy to Nine Elms dated back to 2008, when then-President George W. Bush’s State Department announced it had purchased the property.