Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (L) and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hold a joint press conference in central London on January 22, 2018. / AFP / POOL / TOBY MELVILLE
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson defended the "special relationship" between Britain and the United States during a visit to London Monday, following a series of spats since the election of Donald Trump that have strained ties.Tillerson paid a discreet visit to the new U.S. embassy in London after Trump cancelled plans to open it himself -- the latest in a spate of damaging rows.Even before the shutdown, the State Department had already played down Tillerson's visit to the embassy, which opened last week, due to controversy over Trump's refusal to inaugurate the new building.Boris Johnson wrote in The Sunday Telegraph newspaper that Trump should be welcomed to Britain because the country's ties with the U.S. are vital for security and provide the U.K.'s "single most extraordinary economic relationship".
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