White House Director of Communications Anthony Scaramucci said he was not aware of the furore – which has split opinion among top UK Government figures.
In his first ever UK interview, the former financier told BBC Newsnight: “I have no idea what’s going on with the chlorine-rinsed chicken.
“Even to pretend and make something up to you – I’m just not going to do that.”
But the row has become the talking point of any potential British trade deal with the US after Brexit.
International trade secretary Dr Liam Fox has said the UK will not “lower its standards” on food amid fears Britain may have to accept chicken washed in chlorine from the US – a practice currently banned under European Union rules.
But Environment Secretary Michael Gove said a UK-US trade deal would not permit the importation of chemically-treated poultry.
Mr Scaramucci – who replaced Sean Spicer as Washington’s top spokesman last week – appeared confident about President Trump’s commitment to transatlantic trade.
He said there will be “100 per cent” a trade deal, adding Mr Trump “loves the United Kingdom”.
Mr Scaramucci added: “Don’t you want a trade deal for your Great Country?
“Think about the special relationship we’ve had since the inception of this great nation.”
Mr Trump sent encouraging signals on Tuesday after tweeting he is working on a “major trade deal” with the UK.
In the same post, he accused the EU of being “very protectionist with the US”, and urged them to “stop”.
Yesterday marked a day of Brexit action as UK ministers held trade talks on three continents.
Boris Johnson was in Australia, David Davis was in Germany and Dr Fox was heading to Mexico for a series of exploratory talks and meetings.
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