BRITISH Prime Minister Tony Blair is refusing to fly to the US to receive a medal bestowed on him by the nation for his support over last year's Iraq war, a London newspaper reported today.
US President George W. Bush has put huge pressure on his closest ally to pick up the Congressional Medal of Honour in person, the Sunday Mirror said, quoting a senior British government source.
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"But he has refused for more than a year now and for good reason. He cannot possibly accept an award for the Iraq war when British and American troops continue to risk their lives there."
Mr Blair is concerned also that a trip to the US now would effectively be giving a boost to Bush ahead of November's presidential elections.
"The Democrats are watching the situation very carefully and there would be uproar if Tony travelled to Washington to meet (Republican) Bush so close to the presidential elections," the government source said.
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Tony has to work with whomever follows President Dipstick and he knows it. I'm sure he's praying for Kerry for all he's worth. Bush used and abused Blair in this whole Iraq mess and it cost Tony at home. He looks like a fool now, thinking President Stab Our Friends In The Back held the 'special relationship' our two countries have in the same regard. You were played, my friend. Keep your butt in the Kingdom until after November.