Sources in the British and the American government are denying reports that US President Donald Trump’s first state visit to the UK will be delayed or cancelled.
“The queen extended an invitation to President Trump to visit the U.K. and there is no change to those plans,” a spokesman for May told Reuters on Sunday.
According to a Guardian report, Trump recently told British Prime Minister Theresa May in a phone conversation that he did not want to face large protests during his visit.
“We aren’t going to comment on speculation about the contents of private phone conversations,” May’s spokesman said.
US President Donald Trump and Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May look on during a NATO summit ceremony at the NATO headquarters, in Brussels, on May 25, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
White House press secretary Sean Spice also called the report “false.”
According to a White House spokesman, the president “has tremendous respect for Prime Minister May… That subject never came up on the call.”
The White House and the Downing Street are apparently adopting a united stance in the wake of Trump’s controversial response to London terrorist attacks, involving the criticism of London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
Trump’s state visit has faced backlash ever since May extended Queen Elizabeth II’s invitation to him during a visit to the White House, just a week after his January 20 inauguration.
According to Khan, the UK should not “roll out the red carpet to the president of the USA in the circumstances where his policies go against everything we stand for.”