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Watch: Gavin Williamson meets the US ambassador

Watch: Gavin Williamson meets the US ambassador
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The new US ambassador has set the cat among the pigeons this morning with the Telegraph splashing on his call to Britons to stop being 'defeatist' about Brexit and instead be inspired by Trump. The comments from Woody Johnson were made as part of a new Channel 4 documentary – Inside the American Embassy – out on Monday.

While the programme is sure to cause a stir when aired in full, Mr S understands that it could actually be a Cabinet minister who finds the documentary to make for the most uncomfortable viewing. The three part fly-on-the-wall documentary – for which Channel 4 was given unprecedented access inside the U.S. embassy for several months – catches Theresa May's government attempting to charm the ambassador. Mr S's man-in-the-know says that the attempts of Gavin Williamson – or Private Pike as the Treasury like to call him – to befriend the Ambassador are particularly noteworthy – for the wrong reasons. Alan Duncan is also said to have a memorable cameo.

Let's see which of May's Cabinet make it to the Ambassador's U.S. Independence Day party...

Update. And here it is. As predicted, Williamson was unsurprisingly awkward in the first episode of the Channel 4 doc. The Defence Secretary invites himself to the US Ambassador’s office multiple times. The steel of a man who 'can break her'.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfR35KQjF6s&feature=youtu.be

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