Friday, 22 September, 2017

No change to plans for Trump visit to Britain: May spokeswoman

No change to plans for Trump visit to Britain: May spokeswoman No change to plans for Trump visit to Britain: May spokeswoman
Felix Bryan | 12 June, 2017, 00:19

On January 27, May held a meeting with Trump, during which she invited the USA president on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen to visit the United Kingdom later this year.

According to the Guardian, a "Downing Street adviser who was in the room" when the two leaders were speaking on the phone said the call occurred within the last several weeks.

In response to Khan, May scolded Trump for his tweets, but both she and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said the invitation should not be rescinded.

"At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is 'no reason to be alarmed!'" the USA president had said in one tweet.

"We aren't going to comment on speculation about the contents of private phone conversations".

President Donald Trump and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May react during a ceremony at the new North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters before the start of a summit in Brussels, Belgium, May 25, 2017.

According to a report in the Guardian, the President is fearful of large-scale protests and would rather visit when the population changes their opinion of the 70-year-old.

Khan responded by slamming Trump for politicising a terrorist attack - and not for the first time. Trump then doubled-down on his criticism the next day, while also trying to claim to mainstream media was somehow lying when correctly pointing out Trump did in fact take Khan's words out of context. "It risks alienating mainstream Muslims". Trump's tweets were widely mocked in Britain, where the overwhelming mood is one of unity against terrorism and praise for security services.

His comments caused outrage among British officials. British Prime Minister Theresa May invited Trump to the United Kingdom shortly after his inauguration, and while he initially accepted, it appears POTUS is getting cold feet.

"Well, it's not up to me as the invitation has already been issued", he said.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said Mr Trump was "clearly terrified of the British public".

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