The US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, has flown to the UK to deliver in person an apology for leaks by US officials of details of the police investigation into the Manchester bombing.
Tillerson, who met the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, said: “We take full responsibility for that and we obviously regret that that happened. With respect to the release of information inappropriately … certainly we condemn that.”
Such a public apology by a senior US politician – and flying to London specifically to make it – is unprecedented in US-UK relations. That the Trump administration felt the need to make such a gesture illustrates the seriousness of this week’s rift.
“This special relationship that exists between our two countries will certainly withstand this particular unfortunate event,” Tillerson said.
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