President Donald Trump announced today that he will be paying a full Presidential visit to London, despite the London mayor’s comments that the American president was not welcome.
‘I will be going to London, yes,’ he vowed as he kicked off a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May. He did not announce a date, and told a reporter that the details still have to be worked out, but the president does not plan to shy away from British politicians.
President Trump was trying to put the public at ease with his announcement, as it was rumored that the White House would have to cancel in fear of protests sparking up in London.
The Daily Mail reports:
Trump didn’t say when that visit would take place, but his pledge will put to rest any speculation that the White House might call off the trip in response to fears about mass protests in the British capital.
‘We’ll work that out,’ he said when reporters asked him about a possible timetable, ‘but we’ll be going to London.’
The G20 meeting in Hamburg, where Trump spoke briefly on Saturday, sparked protests on the streets as about 12,000 anarchists, anti-capitalists and other left-wing activists rioted and set fire to cars.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan called on the White House last month to stay away from his city, following a pair of presidential tweets that blasted him for being soft on terrorism.
‘I don’t think we should roll out the red carpet to the president of the USA in the circumstances where his policies go against everything we stand for,’ Khan said.
Khan, the first Muslim mayor of a major western European city, contended that Trump is an Islamophobe.
‘There are many things about which Donald Trump is wrong,’ he said.
Before his G20 bilateral meeting with May, Trump predicted that the pair would have ‘tremendous talks’ and quickly reach a trade deal that could be independent of trade relationships with the rest of Europe as the UK prepares to pull the trigger on its exit from the EU.
‘We have been working on a trade deal which will be a very, very big deal, a very powerful deal, great for both countries,’ he said, ‘and I think we will have that done very, very quickly.’
President Trump pointed out to the media that he has a very ‘special’ relationship with the UK.