- Donald Trump to come to the United Kingdom in June for an official state visit.
- Trump will visit from Monday June 3 to Wedneday June 5.
- He is set to meet the Queen and host a D-Day commemoration event in Portsmouth.
- Plans for a full state visit were put on hold last year following large protests across the country.
- UK politicians criticise plans for the visit.
LONDON – Donald Trump will come to the United Kingdom for an official state visit on June 3.
The US President will be in the UK from Monday, June 3 to Wednesday, June 5, the UK government and Buckingham Palace confirmed on Tuesday.
During his visit, Trump is set to meet the Queen, and hold talks with May in Downing Street.
He will also host a “major international event” in Portsmouth, south England, to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day and commemorate allied troops who fought in Normandy in the Second World War.
Speaking ahead of Trump’s visit, Prime Minister May said: “The UK and United States have a deep and enduring partnership that is rooted in our common history and shared interests.
“We do more together than any two nations in the world and we are both safer and more prosperous because of our cooperation.
“The State Visit is an opportunity to strengthen our already close relationship in areas such as trade, investment, security and defence, and to discuss how we can build on these ties in the years ahead.”
Plans for a full state visit were put on hold last year after large protests across the country.
The House of Commons speaker John Bercow said he would ban Trump from speaking in the Houses of Parliament, due to the US President’s “racism and to sexism and our support for equality before the law.”
Trump instead took part in a brief “working visit” last June.
Opposition politicians criticised plans for the visit.
“It beggars belief that on the very same day Donald Trump is threatening to veto a UN resolution against the use of rape as a weapon of war, Theresa May is pressing ahead with her plans to honour him with a State Visit to the UK,” Emily Thornberry MP, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary said.
“This is a President who has systematically assaulted all the shared values that unite our two countries, and unless Theresa May is finally going to stand up to him and object to that behaviour, she has no business wasting taxpayers’ money on all the pomp, ceremony and policing costs that will come with this visit.”
Change UK MP Chuka Umunna told Business Insider: “I marched when he came here last time, I will again,”
“The man is a racist, an Islamophobe, and a misogynist and much of what I hate in political discourse. I also will never forgive him for retweeting material from a British far-right organisation and interfering in our politics in that way. So I don’t think he should be afforded the privilege of being given a state visit and I will be marching with everybody else against everything that he stands for.”
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