Trump’s UK trip may be off
US PRESIDENT Donald Trump’s plans for a state visit to Britain later this year now appear up in the air, as he faces a backlash from across the pond for his criticism of London mayor Sadiq Khan in the immediate aftermath of the June 3 terrorist attack in which eight people died.
Due to previous comments Trump was already unpopular in the UK, and a visit of any sort could prompt large protests. The Guardian newspaper, quoting anonymous sources, reported that Trump recently told British Prime Minister Theresa May in a phone call that he does not want to go forward with a state visit until the British people support it. The White House call was made “in recent weeks”, according to a Downing Street adviser who was in the room, the Guardian wrote. The statement surprised May, according to those present.
While the White House has said a visit would come later this year, the exact schedule remains unannounced.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer labelled the Guardian report as “false,” without citing specifics.