U.K. Minister: U.S. Wiretap Allegations Have Not Harmed Ties

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U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson arrives at Downing Street, London, on Wednesday. (Reuters/Hannah McKay)

Britain’s relationship with the United States has not been harmed by unproven claims made on Fox News that it helped the Obama administration eavesdrop on Donald Trump, Foreign Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday.

“It has certainly done no lasting damage to our relationship, certainly not to the special relationship, and certainly not to intelligence sharing, which of course will carry on between our countries,” Johnson told parliament.

Earlier this month, Britain’s GCHQ intelligence agency dismissed the allegations, made by Fox News analyst Andrew Napolitano, as “utterly ridiculous.”

Fox News disavowed Napolitano’s claim and suspended him on March 21. He returned to the air eight days later, on Wednesday, telling anchor Bill Hemmer that he stood by his story.