July 10, 2019 / 8:07 AM / 3 months ago

UK health minister says Britain needs to reset ties with U.S.

Britain's Health Secretary Matt Hancock is seen near the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain June 18, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/Files

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain needs to reset its relationship with the United States following a diplomatic spat with Donald Trump, health minister Matt Hancock said on Wednesday, as he failed to give his full backing to the ambassador at the centre of the row.

Trump lashed out at “foolish” British Prime Minister Theresa May and her “wacky” Washington ambassador on Tuesday after leaked documents showed the envoy had described the U.S. administration as “dysfunctional” and “inept”.

“We have to reset those relations with the White House which is bigger than one individual because it’s a matter of having those relationships in a good place at every level,” he told BBC Radio. Hancock is a vocal backer of former London mayor Boris Johnson to become the next prime minister.

Reporting by Paul Sandle; writing by Kate Holton; editing by Michael Holden

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