A delegation of senior U.S. officials, including Donald Trump’s chief of staff, will fly to London on Wednesday to raise concerns about Boris Johnson’s decision to allow access to Huawei 5G.
Mick Mulvaney is planning to come to Downing Street to “ask the government to change positions,” said a source close to the White House delegation.
In what will be seen as a sign of tension in UK-US relations, the delegation is expected to deliver a “b —– king” to British officials, the source said.
They added: “One thing is on the agenda and it’s not a commercial deal. It’s Huawei.”
Mr. Johnson will publish the UK mandate for trade talks with the United States after the mid-term break next week.
He came amid concerns over the UK’s decision to downgrade its presence at the Munich Security Conference this week. Defense Secretary Ben Wallace and MI6 chief Alex Younger both changed their plans and didn’t participate.
James Cleverly, pictured above, the newly appointed Foreign Ministry minister, attended Wallace’s place on Friday. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was among the top US officials at the top.
In the meantime, concerns have increased that progress in the trade start negotiations has been “halted” following Huawei, with reports that Mr. Johnson canceled plans for a visit to Washington this month. His trip may now be delayed until the G7 summit in Camp David in June.
Robert Blair, President Trump’s senior adviser, said on Friday that Britain should take a “look” at its decision to use Huawei equipment.
However, Blair, who is the special representative for international telecommunications policy, said there will be “no erosion” in sharing US intelligence with the UK.
The official deputy prime minister spokesman said Johnson “is looking forward to visiting the United States and will remain in contact with the administration on the matter. As you know, we confirm how and when we can travel “.
“Both we and the United States have been clear about our intention to get a free trade agreement – and working on what we have established in the House is ready and can begin.”
He added that Mr. Johnson “was currently focused on driving through the government’s ambitious internal agenda and leveling across the country to deliver to the British people.”
Asked if Mr. Johnson “was not welcome to Washington” after his decision to allow Huawei to build part of the UK’s 5G network, the spokesman said: “We continue to have excellent relations with the United States.”
The UK’s goals in U.S. trade talks were set to MPs a few weeks ago by the Department of International Trade, he said.