Trump’s UK trip may be off

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

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.

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