President Obama snubs Margaret Thatcher funeral
US leader won't attend or send senior member of his administration
By TOM NEWTON DUNN, Political Editor
US President Barack Obama will snub Lady Thatcher’s funeral by failing to send a single senior member of his administration, The Sun can reveal.
Ageing former Secretaries of State James Baker, 82, and George Shultz, 92, will lead the US delegation, the White House will announce today.
The slight comes as German leader Angela Merkel also declines the official invite. She will send her foreign minister instead.
But Downing Street is most angered by rejections from Obama, First Lady Michelle and Vice-President Joe Biden.
And none of the four surviving ex-US leaders — Jimmy Carter, George Bush Sr, Bill Clinton and George Bush Jr — is coming either.
The response contrasts with glowing US tributes on the day Lady Thatcher died.
A No 10 source said last night: “We are a little surprised by the White House’s reaction as we were expecting a high-profile attendance.”
The snub came ahead of last night’s Boston marathon bomb outrage.