Not long after he stepped into the Oval Office in January, President Trump hosted U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, who in return offered an invitation of theirs for Trump to visit U.K. and meet with Queen Elizabeth sometime in October.
But, after the recent dispute between President Trump and London Mayor Sadiq Khan concerning the recent terror attacks in London, there were some who called on Prime Minister May to cancel the president’s meeting with the queen. Unlucky for these anti-Trump guys, U.K. authorities have reiterated their invitation to President Trump, reports AFP.
Even though Prime Minister Theresa May was somewhat critical of our president’s tweets focused on Khan for his response to the terror attacks, when asked whether Trump’s visit is still on she replied with confirmation.
According to the U.K. Guardian, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson addressed the push by Khan and others to rescind the invitation to Trump during a BBC interview.
“The invitation has been issued and accepted and I see no reason to change that,” Johnson stated.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was asked on Tuesday about President Trump’s visit to the U.K. and Khan’s demand that it be canceled, and he replied with a very short and concise answer:
“The president appreciates Her Majesty’s gracious invitation.”
It’s irrefutable that the U.S. and the U.K. have a close and stable relationship supported by long-standing bonds, even though there are some who claim that this relationship has been somewhat weakened by the British left’s reaction to Trump’s election.
While our president and Khan have been in disagreement of sorts ever since last year’s campaign, the more vigorous dispute between them began after the London Bridge terrorist attacks last week, which had Khan reassuring Londoners that there was “no reason to be alarmed” at the increased number of armed police officers presence in the city streets.
President Trump immediately condemned Khan for allegedly trying to downplay the seriousness of Islamic terror attacks throughout the U.K.
Regardless of President Trump’s and Khan’s dispute, Queen Elizabeth appears to be good and ready to welcome our president in the U.K.