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Boris in US trip to build bridges with Trump team

By Jill Colvin

Boris Johnson has flown to New York for meetings with senior members of Donald Trump's team just hours after Theresa May labelled the US President-elect's controversial comments about groping women "unacceptable".

The Foreign Secretary was expected to meet Mr Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and the president-elect's strategist Steve Bannon in New York.

A spokesman said: "The discussions will be focused on UK-US relations and other foreign policy matters."

Yesterday, Mrs May was challenged about the controversial tycoon's previous comments.

Mr Trump's presidential campaign was plunged into crisis after a 2005 tape recording came to light of him bragging to TV host Billy Bush about groping women because of his celebrity status.

Mrs May was asked, on the Sophy Ridge On Sunday show on Sky News, how the comments made her feel as a woman.

"I think that's unacceptable, but, in fact, Donald Trump himself has said that and has apologised for it," Mrs May said.

Meanwhile, Mr Trump's incoming White House Chief of staff has said the President-elect now accepts the US intelligence community's conclusion that Russia tried to interfere in the US election.

Reince Priebus, the former Republican National Committee chairman, said Mr Trump understands that Moscow was behind the intrusions into the Democratic Party organisations.

"I think he accepts the findings," Mr Priebus said. "He's not denying that entities in Russia were behind this particular campaign."

Mr Trump had repeatedly expressed scepticism about Russia's role and has declined to say whether he accepts the meddling was done on his behalf.

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