Plans for Donald Trump to visit the United Kingdom in January 2018 for a “working visit” have been dropped, according to a report from The Telegraph.
The news comes in the wake of an extraordinary spat between the President of the United States and British Prime Minister Theresa May, after Trump retweeted anti-Muslim videos on Twitter originally posted by a far-right extremist.
In a rare criticism of a US president by a British prime minister, Theresa May it was “wrong” for Trump to have shared the videos. Trump fired back, attacking May in a tweet: “Don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom.”
The plan had been for Trump to attend the official opening of a new American embassy in London as part of his visit, The Telegraph reported, but US diplomats have now allegedly shelved the idea.
The January 2018 trip would not have been an official “state visit.” Theresa May has previously invited Trump for a “state visit,” which would involve greater ceremony and meeting the Queen. On Thursday, May insisted the invitation still stands despite the row, though a date has not been set and seems unlikely in the near future.
There have been condemnation of Trump’s tweets from across the political spectrum in the UK, and calls for any potential visit to be cancelled.
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