United Kingdom Policy statements

President Donald J. Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson continue to talk at the conclusion of their working breakfast meeting Sunday, August 25, 2019, at Hotel du Palais Biarritz in Biarritz, France, site of the G7 Summit.

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Latest U.S. Policy News on the United Kingdom

September 24, 2019
Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Johnson of the United Kingdom Before Bilateral Meeting

September 05, 2019
Remarks by Vice President Pence and Prime Minister Johnson of the United Kingdom Before Bilateral Meeting
We’re anxious to do that. We’re anxious to stand with you and to do everything in our power to strengthen what has been a historic and special relationship between the United States of America and the United Kingdom. And it is embodied in the very warm and personal relationship that you have forged with President Trump, with myself, and with our administration.

August 25, 2019
Joint Statement Following the Meeting of President Donald J. Trump and Prime Minister Boris Johnson
Today, President Donald J. Trump and Prime Minister Boris Johnson met in the margins of the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France. They celebrated the enduring Special Relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom and reaffirmed the value of transatlantic partnership.

August 25, 2019
Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Johnson of the United Kingdom in Working Breakfast at G7 Summit
“And there are clearly huge opportunities for the UK to penetrate the American market in the way that we currently don’t. And we’re very interested to talk about that with you.”

August 14, 2019
Vice President Mike Pence to travel to Iceland, the United Kingdom, and Ireland
The] Vice President will spend September 4-5 in the United Kingdom, where he will focus on strengthening and expanding our bilateral economic relationship following the UK’s departure from the European Union, countering Iranian aggression in the Middle East and beyond, and addressing the threat of Chinese malign influence, including in the development of 5G telecommunications networks.

August 07, 2019
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo And United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab At a Press Availability

July 29, 2019
Statement from the Press Secretary on President Trump’s call with Prime Minister Johnson
President Donald J. Trump spoke with Prime Minister Boris Johnson last Friday in their first official communication since the Prime Minister took office. They discussed the importance of continuing to strengthen the special relationship between the United States and United Kingdom. Specifically, they agreed to immediately deepen and expand the bilateral economic relationship upon the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union.

July 25, 2019
Secretary Pompeo’s Call With U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab
Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke with U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab today to discuss key global priorities, including countering Iran’s attempts to expand its nuclear program and strengthening the NATO Alliance.

June 24, 2019
White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director to Visit United Kingdom
White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Director Dr. Kelvin K. Droegemeier arrives in the United Kingdom this week to advance U.S.-UK science and technology ties, marking his first international visit as director.

June 24, 2019
Joint Statement by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States on Yemen and the Region
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States of America express their concern over escalating tensions in the region and the dangers posed by Iranian destabilizing activity to peace and security both in Yemen and the broader region, including attacks on the oil tankers at Fujairah on 12 May and in the Gulf of Oman on 13 June. These attacks threaten the international waterways that we all rely on for shipping. Ships and their crews must be allowed to pass through international waters safely. We call on Iran to halt any further actions which threaten regional stability, and urge diplomatic solutions to de-escalate tensions.

June 04, 2019
Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister May in Joint Press Conference

June 04, 2019
Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister May Before a Business Roundtable

June 03, 2019
Remarks by President Trump and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at State Banquet
“On behalf of all Americans, I offer a toast to the eternal friendship of our people, the vitality of our nations, and to the long, cherished, and truly remarkable reign of Her Majesty the Queen.”

June 03, 2019
President Donald J. Trump Is Working with the United Kingdom To Secure A Stronger and More Prosperous International Partnership
A strong and independent United Kingdom, like a strong and independent United States, is truly a blessing on the world.”

June 02, 2019
Remarks by President Trump Before Marine One Departure (whitehouse.gov)

May 30, 2019
Background Press Call on the Visit of President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump to the UK, Ireland, and France
“[there] is no better time to have a state visit to the United Kingdom than the 75th anniversary of D-Day. It’s also very special to be able to commemorate the events of D-Day on both sides of the English Channel, in Portsmouth and then in Caen, in Normandy.”

May 29, 2019
Senior State Department Officials Previewing Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands and the UK
The Secretary’s visit to Europe will underscore the visit of our relationship to our transatlantic security and economic prosperity for which so many Americans and Europeans have sacrificed across generations to build and to safeguard.

But then note the final leg of the trip, the Secretary will travel to the United Kingdom to join President Trump’s state visit there and, of course, support the administration’s engagement with one of our oldest allies.  Of course, this follows onto the trip the Secretary made himself to London a couple of weeks ago.

May 08, 2019
Secretary Pompeo – The Special Relationship
As the Secretary of State, I see a landscape that is far more complex than the one that we faced together in the Cold War. We faced Islamist terrorism as Londoners, and those who live in Manchester know so well. We faced the re-emergence of great power competition in the likes of China and Russia and the Islamic Republic of Iran.

May 08, 2019
Secretary Pompeo’s Remarks at Beginning of Religious Freedom Roundtable
President Trump has made clear that he wants religious freedom to be a central part of what his administration stands for, and so you’ve seen us do that at the American State Department. … It’s in the First Amendment, this idea. It’s central to our founding.

May 08, 2019
Secretary Pompeo’s Press Availability With British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt
So I have great confidence that the United Kingdom will never take an action that will break the special relationship, just so you should know upfront more broadly.

May 07, 2019
Secretary Pompeo’s Remarks to Traveling Press En-Route to London, UK
Secretary Pompeo visited Iraq and met with Prime Minister Al Mahdi and President Salih to reinforce our friendship and underline the need for Iraq to protect diplomatic facilities and Coalition personnel. U.S. and Coalition troops are helping the Iraqi Security Forces ensure that ISIS remains defeated.

May 06, 2019
The United States Recognizes the United Kingdom’s Continued Sovereignty Over the British Indian Ocean Territory
The United States supports the U.K.’s continued sovereignty over the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) and the April 30 statement by the U.K. Government. The joint U.S.-U.K. military base on Diego Garcia plays a critical role in the maintenance of regional and global peace and security.

May 02, 2019
Senior State Department Officials Previewing the Secretary’s Upcoming Trip to Rovaniemi, Finland; Berlin, Germany; London, United Kingdom; Kangerlussu
In London, Secretary Pompeo is very honored to be delivering this year’s Margaret Thatcher Lecture at the Center for Policy Studies. In his remarks, the Secretary is going to discuss the Special Relationship that binds the United States and the United Kingdom in a relationship that has indelibly contributed to the prosperity, security, and freedom of both countries and our people

May 01, 2019
Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Rovaniemi, Berlin, London, and Nuuk
On 9th May 2019 Secretary Pompeo will travel to London to meet with Prime Minister Theresa May and Foreign Secretary Hunt to discuss shared global priorities. He will also give a speech on the U.S.‑UK Special Relationship.

April 30, 2019
Great news for U.S.-UK Partnership and Cooperation on the High Seas
During a day of engagements that included discussions between senior leaders of the Royal Navy and U.S. Navy leadership, they signed a statement reaffirming their commitment to continued cooperation, with a focus on nuclear capability, carrier operations, force development and interoperability. They also agreed to further strengthen their collaboration in the North Atlantic and underwater battlespace.

April 23, 2019
Statement on President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump’s Upcoming Travel to the United Kingdom and the French Republic
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump accepted the invitation of Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to visit the United Kingdom from June 3 to 5, 2019. This state visit will reaffirm the steadfast and special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom.

April 11, 2019
WikiLeaks Founder Charged in Computer Hacking Conspiracy (Dept. of Justice)
Julian P. Assange, 47, the founder of WikiLeaks, was arrested today in the United Kingdom pursuant to the U.S./UK Extradition Treaty, in connection with a federal charge of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion for agreeing to break a password to a classified U.S. government computer.

March 08, 2019
Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with UK National Security Advisor Mark Sedwill
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met with UK National Security Advisor Mark Sedwill today to discuss key global priorities, including support for reducing tension between India and Pakistan, securing progress in Syria, and countering Iran’s malign influence.

March 07, 2019
Ambassador Johnson Hosts Women In STEM Panel Discussion
For International Women’s Day Ambassador Johnson opened our #WomenInSTEM discussion speaking about the importance of encouraging more women into the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) sector and the value they add to the industry as a whole.

March 05, 23019
Secretary Pompeo’s Call With UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt
Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke with UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt today to discuss key global priorities, including countering Iranian malign behavior, securing progress in Syria, and pursuing our shared goal to denuclearize the DPRK. The two reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening the U.S.-UK special relationship and cooperation in the face of major global challenges.

February 13, 2019
NATO Defence Ministers meet in Brussels
In Brussels today and tomorrow NATO Defence Ministers meet to begin two days of talks on pressing security challenges, including Russia’s violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

January 24, 2019
Readout of Vice President Pence’s Meeting with Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt of the United Kingdom
Vice President Mike Pence met today with Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt of the United Kingdom.  The Foreign Secretary updated the Vice President on the status of preparations for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union and both reaffirmed a mutual desire for a U.S.-UK bilateral trade agreement.  The Vice President reiterated his support for Interim President Guaido and both agreed on the need to restore a constitutional, democratic government in Venezuela.  They also discussed the situation in Syria and Yemen.

 

2018

November 05, 2018
Foreign National Pleads Guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter on the High Seas
Lewis Bennett, 41, a dual citizen of Australia and the United Kingdom, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter for killing his wife, Isabella Hellman, while on board a sailing vessel on the high seas.

October 11, 2018
Attorney General Sessions Delivers a Statement on Behalf of the United States at the London Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference 2018
“In the United States, we are proud of our longstanding commitment to defend wildlife.  The U.S. government made its first major commitment to the preservation of wildlife almost 120 years ago, with the passage of the Lacey Act, which prohibits the import, export, and sale of protected wildlife in the U.S. if the law of the foreign nation was violated.  Though we have made many advances since then, the Lacey Act remains among our nation’s most powerful weapons in the fight against the illegal wildlife trade.”

September 26, 2018
Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom (Whitehouse.gov)
Today, President Donald J. Trump met with Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom in New York. Both leaders discussed a variety of global challenges, including the situation in Syria and countering threats posed by Iran and Russia. President Trump and Prime Minister May reaffirmed their commitment to closely coordinate on efforts to address these and other global challenges.

September 06, 2018
Joint Statement on the Salisbury Attack
We, the leaders of France, Germany, the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, reiterate our outrage at the use of a chemical nerve agent, known as Novichok, in Salisbury on 4 March. We welcome the progress made in the investigation into the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, and take note of the attempted murder charges brought yesterday against two suspects. We commend the work of the UK Police and all those involved in this investigation.

August 21, 2018
First Naturalization Ceremony at the new U.S. Embassy London
On Tuesday, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) held a special naturalization ceremony at the Embassy. Many members of the Embassy community joined in to witness this special event – the first naturalization ceremony to be held at the new London Embassy.

August 8, 2018
Imposition of Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act Sanctions on Russia August 8, 2018
Following the use of a “Novichok” nerve agent in an attempt to assassinate UK citizen Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal, the United States, on August 6, 2018, determined under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 (CBW Act) that the Government of the Russian Federation has used chemical or biological weapons in violation of international law or has used lethal chemical or biological weapons against its own nationals.

July 13, 2018
Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister May of the United Kingdom in Joint Press Conference
“And I’m pleased to welcome the President of the United States to Chequers today on his first official visit to the United Kingdom. No two countries do more together than ours to keep their people safe and prosperous. And we want to deepen that cooperation even further to meet the shared challenges we face now and in the years ahead.”

June 08, 2018
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s Remarks on the United Kingdom National Day
On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I offer congratulations to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the people of the United Kingdom as they celebrate Her Majesty’s 92nd birthday on June 9.

Today the President was at Chequers for a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister May. After a working lunch, the leaders held a joint press conference.
Today the President was at Chequers for a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister May. After a working lunch, the leaders held a joint press conference.

June 7, 2018
Secretary Pompeo’s Call With UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (State.gov)
The [following] is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: “Secretary Pompeo spoke with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson today. They discussed a number of global issues, including our common fight against ISIS as well as the humanitarian situation in Yemen.”

May 25, 2018
U.S. Implementation, Oversight and Enforcement of the EU-U.S. & Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks
From January 2017 through May 2018, the U.S. Government has taken action to support the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks.
These measures enhance privacy protections for EU and Swiss individuals, while ensuring that American and European businesses can count on the Privacy Shield to deliver innovative products and services across the Atlantic.

May 16, 2018
In England, royal wedding has an American accen
In a country that prides itself on royal history and traditions, the wedding of American actress Meghan Markle to Britain’s Prince Harry promises something distinctly new: several American touches.  They’ll be unmistakable both during the May 19 nuptials in St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle and at the glittering banquet afterward for 600 guests.

April 26, 2018
President Trump is visiting the UK in July!

April 22, 2018
Acting Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting With U.K. Foreign Secretary Johnson (State.gov)
The following is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: “Acting Secretary of State John J. Sullivan met with UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on April 22, on the margins of the G7 Foreign Ministers Meeting in Toronto, Canada, where they discussed issues of bilateral, regional, and global concern, including Syria, Iran, and the DPRK.
Acting Secretary Sullivan and Foreign Secretary Johnson agreed to continue working to end the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons.‎”

April 11, 2018
State Department On the 20th Anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement  On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I offer my best wishes to the people of Northern Ireland, Ireland, and the United Kingdom as they celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement this week.
Twenty years ago, the Good Friday Agreement brought an end to thirty years of violence in which more than 3,500 lives were lost. It offered a framework for a new beginning to build peace, prosperity, and reconciliation in the region. The Good Friday Agreement, endorsed widely by the people of the region, remains an inspiration around the world.
As we reflect on this important anniversary, let us remind ourselves – and the generations since the signing in 1998 – of how far the people of the region have traveled, as well as the challenges that persist. We encourage all parties in Northern Ireland to work together to form a regional, power-sharing government that benefits all the people of the region.

April 09, 2018
Acting Secretary Sullivan’s Phone Calls With UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (State.gov)
Acting Secretary of State John J. Sullivan spoke by phone twice today with UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. During these calls, the Acting Secretary and Foreign Secretary discussed the alleged chemical weapon attack in Douma, Syria, which killed dozens of innocent civilians and injured several hundred more. The two leaders discussed the international community’s response and potential further steps the U.S. and UK governments might take in coordination with other partners.

April 04, 2018
Joint Statement on First Anniversary of Chemical Attack on Khan Sheikhoun, Syria (State.gov)
The text of [this] statement was released by UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, and U.S. Acting Secretary John Sullivan.

March 26, 2018
Holding Russia Accountable for Its Destabilizing Behavior (State.gov)   On March 4, Russia used a military-grade nerve agent to attempt to murder a British citizen and his daughter in Salisbury. This attack on our Ally the United Kingdom put countless innocent lives at risk and resulted in serious injury to three people, including a police officer. In response to this outrageous violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and breach of international law, today the United States will expel 48 Russian officials serving at Russia’s bilateral mission to the United States. We will also require the Russian government to close its Consulate General in Seattle by April 2, 2018.

March 26, 2018
Statement from the Press Secretary on the Expulsion of Russian Intelligence Officers (Whitehouse.gov) Today President Donald J. Trump ordered the expulsion of dozens of Russian intelligence officers from the United States and the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle due to its proximity to one of our submarine bases and Boeing. The United States takes this action in conjunction with our NATO allies and partners around the world in response to Russia’s use of a military-grade chemical weapon on the soil of the United Kingdom, the latest in its ongoing pattern of destabilizing activities around the world.

March 15, 2018
U.S. At OSCE On Use of a Nerve-Agent Attack in Salisbury, UK  (U.S. Mission to OSCE website)  The United States stands in solidarity with the United Kingdom. The U.S. shares the UK’s assessment that Russia is responsible for the reckless nerve agent attack on a British citizen and his daughter, and we support the United Kingdom’s decision to expel Russian diplomats as a just response.

March 15, 2018
Statement from the United States, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom on the Attack in Salisbury    We, the leaders of France, Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom, abhor the attack that took place against Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury, United Kingdom, on March 4, 2018. A British police officer who was also exposed in the attack remains seriously ill, and the lives of many innocent British citizens have been threatened. We express our sympathies to them all, and our admiration for the United Kingdom police and emergency services for their courageous response. This use of a military-grade nerve agent, of a type developed by Russia, constitutes the first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since the Second World War. It is an assault on the United Kingdom’s sovereignty and any such use by a state party is a clear violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and a breach of international law.

March 14, 2018
Statement by the Press Secretary on the United Kingdom’s Decision to Expel Russian Diplomats   The United States stands in solidarity with its closest ally, the United Kingdom. The United States shares the United Kingdom’s assessment that Russia is responsible for the reckless nerve agent attack on a British citizen and his daughter, and we support the United Kingdom’s decision to expel Russian diplomats as a just response.

January 18, 2018
Secretary Tillerson to Travel to London, Paris, Davos, and Warsaw   On January 21, he will arrive in London, where he will meet with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and National Security Advisor Mark Sedwill to discuss our cooperation on issues of mutual concern around the world, including Iran, Syria, Libya, the DPRK and Ukraine.

December 19, 2017
Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom (Whitehouse.gov)
President Donald J. Trump spoke today with Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom. The two leaders exchanged holiday greetings and warm wishes for Christmas and the New Year. The Prime Minister offered her condolences for the tragic train accident in Washington State. The President and Prime Minister discussed next steps in forging peace in the Middle East. Both leaders also emphasized the urgency of addressing the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. President Trump congratulated the Prime Minister on the decision by European Union leaders to move to the second phase of the Brexit negotiations.

December 14, 2017
Address of the New U.S. Embassy London   The new U.S. Embassy in London is in Nine Elms and will open to the public on January 16, 2018.

November 30, 2017
Ambassador Johnson’s St. Andrews Day Message 2017  “I hope Scots and Scots-at-heart have a great day. With 27 million Americans claiming Scottish ancestry, you can be sure there will be celebrations on both sides of the Pond today.”

November 10, 2017
Remarks by  Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson in London, U.K. (Defense.gov)    “In the face of today’s challenges, we value the U.K.’s leadership on the European and global stages. For many years, Britain has galvanized the international community through the power of its moral voice, and today, I look forward to strengthening that special relationship in defense of our way of life.”

November 05, 2017
Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Mitchell Travels to Brussels, Paris, London, Berlin, Warsaw, and Kyiv (State.gov)  Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell will travel to Brussels, Belgium; Paris, France; London, UK; Berlin, Germany; Warsaw, Poland; and Kyiv, Ukraine, November 6-16, to underscore the U.S. commitment to our transatlantic alliance and to our partnerships.
November 8-9 in London, UK, he will meet senior UK officials to discuss our agenda under the “Special Relationship” that includes tackling international challenges like ISIS and nuclear proliferation, as well as other issues of bilateral interest, including Brexit’s implications on bilateral ties.

November 03, 2017
Media Advisory: Secretary Mattis Travels to Finland, Belgium, and the United Kingdom (Defense.gov) Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis will embark on Sunday to re-affirm key partnerships and alliances in Europe.
On November 10, he will conclude his trip with a visit to London where he will meet with United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson.

October 02, 2017 
Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Phone Call with Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom (Whitehouse.gov)   President Donald J. Trump spoke today with Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom, who conveyed her condolences regarding the mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday night. President Trump thanked Prime Minister May and praised the first responders in Las Vegas for their immediate and continued actions.

September 21, 2017 
Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom  President Donald J. Trump met yesterday with Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom. They discussed approaches to end Iran’s destabilizing influence in Syria and Iraq. The two leaders also reviewed next steps on the Iran nuclear deal.

September 15, 2017
Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with Prime Minister May of the United Kingdom (Whitehouse.gov)   “President Donald J. Trump spoke with Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom to convey his sympathies and prayers for those injured in the terrorist attack today in London. The President pledged to continue close collaboration with the United Kingdom to stop attacks worldwide targeting innocent civilians and to combat extremism”

September 14, 2017 
Secretary Tillerson’s Press Availability With U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (State.gov)

September 14, 2017 
Secretary Tillerson’s Remarks to the Staff and Families of U.S. Embassy London

September 08, 2017 
Secretary of State Tillerson Travel to the United Kingdom   U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to London from September 13 through September 14 for U.K.-hosted meetings on D.P.R.K. and Libya. In London, Secretary Tillerson will meet with senior British officials, including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and National Security Advisor Mark Sedwill.
Photos from Secretary Tillerson’s UK portion of his trip are on the Embassy’s Flickr page.

September 06, 2017
Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Telephone Call with Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom   President Donald J. Trump spoke yesterday with Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom to discuss North Korea’s claimed September 3 test of a hydrogen bomb. They agreed that this latest reckless act only strengthens the world’s determination to confront the growing North Korean threat.

August 03, 2017 
Robert Wood Johnson IV to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the U.S.A to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

July 28, 2017
U.S., U.K. Co-Host Carrier Strike Group Exercise (Defense.gov)   Naval forces from the U.S., U.K. and other Allied and partner countries are supporting Exercise Saxon Warrior 2017 in the North Atlantic Ocean Aug. 1-10 to demonstrate Allied interoperability and collective defense through power projection from the sea, U.S. European Command officials here announced today.
“The U.S. and U.K. share a great military history, built on a shared culture of protecting freedom and defense globally,” said Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, Eucom’s commander and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe.
“We stand shoulder to shoulder here today to help them refine and enhance their carrier strike group capabilities,” Scaparrotti added.

July 07,  2017
Mattis, British Counterpart Discuss Shared Security Interests (Defense.gov)     Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis met with his counterpart from the United Kingdom, Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon, today at the Pentagon. The leaders discussed bilateral defense issues, NATO, the D-ISIS campaign, Afghanistan, and North Korea.
Secretary Mattis lauded the value of the U.S.-U.K. close security partnership. He thanked Secretary Fallon for his country’s sustained leadership in NATO as a framework nation for enhanced forward presence and close collaborator on modernization efforts to strengthen the alliance. Secretary Mattis expressed his appreciation to Secretary Fallon for their recent decision to add more troops in Afghanistan and for sharing views to inform the United States’ national defense strategy.
The two leaders pledged to continue their dialogue on shared security interests and the U.S.-U.K. bilateral defense agenda.

July 07,  2017
Remarks by Secretary Mattis at an Honor Cordon Welcoming U.K. Secretary of State for Defense Fallon to the Pentagon

June 22,  2017 Robert Wood Johnson IV to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland    President Trump announces intent to nominate Robert Wood Johnson IV as the next Ambassador to the Court of St James’s (subject to Senate confirmation.
Mr. Johnson has served for more than thirty years as the Chairman and CEO of The Johnson Company, New York, NY, a private asset management firm. Since 2000, he has also been Chairman and CEO of the New York Jets and the Chairman and CEO of the New York Jets Foundation. Mr. Johnson is the Founding Chairman of Lupus Research Alliance, the largest non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and cure of lupus. He has served on the President’s Export Council and the President’s Commission on White House Fellows. Mr. Johnson earned a B.A from the University of Arizona.

May 23, 2017 Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Phone Call with Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom

May 11, 2017 Remarks by Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis at the London Somalia Conference (Defense.gov)   “We will frame our support on two principles.
First, we support the new national security architecture, recognizing that it is essential for Somalia to have a professional, trusted military and proper police force that answers to civilian authority.
Second, we encourage Somalia’s international partners to stay the course and work together. A strong and committed partnership is required to provide the resources needed for long-term stability in Somalia.”

March 31, 2017 Joint Press Conference with Secretary Mattis and Secretary Fallon in London, England  “On behalf of the American people, I thank the people of this country for being with us to confront our foes. If necessary, we will follow them to the ends of the Earth to stop their mayhem.
Britain’s global leadership role is as needed today as at any time in history. In the words of President Reagan, the essence of our special relationship is a special concern for democracy and for liberty, and that includes the responsibility to pass those freedoms and intact to the next generation.”
Photos of the event are on Flickr

March 31, 2017 UK Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has hosted Jim Mattis on his first visit to the UK as US Secretary of Defense (via GOV.UK)   Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon welcomed Secretary Jim Mattis to London today for his first visit to the UK as US Defense Secretary. They reviewed a number of defence and security issues, including the need for NATO modernisation and increased defence spending by all members, progress in the fight against extremism, including Daesh in Iraq and Syria, and joint equipment and defence trade programmes.

March 28, 2017 U.S. Secretary of Defense Mattis To Travel to London  Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will travel to New York to consult on defense issues with the U.S. Mission to the United Nations and at the Council on Foreign Relations and then to London, where he will emphasize the trans-Atlantic bond between the United States and the United Kingdom.

March 22, 2017 Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom (Whitehouse.gov)   President Donald J. Trump spoke today with Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom to offer his condolences on today’s terror attack in London and his praise for the effective response of security forces and first responders. He pledged the full cooperation and support of the United States Government in responding to the attack and bringing those responsible to justice.

March 22, 2017 Statement by Secretary of State Tillerson on the Attack in London   “On behalf of the United States, I express my condolences to the victims and their families.  The American people send their thoughts and prayers to the people of the United Kingdom. We condemn these horrific acts of violence, and whether they were carried out by troubled individuals or by terrorists, the victims know no difference.”

 

For earlier items please see United Kingdom Policy statements 2015-2016.