Mr. Trump’s relationship with European countries has been tested in recent months, particularly during his recent foreign trip, after which he decided to back out of the Paris agreement on climate change. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany can no longer rely on “other” nations and that Europe, “really must take our fate into our own hands.” Mr. Trump’s habit of lashing out on Twitter has also earned him the shock and consternation of other leaders abroad, such as London’s mayor.
The president is facing backlash after tweeting insults at London London Mayor Sadiq Khan in the wake of the London Bridge terrorist attack. After the terrorist attack London’s Mayor called for Donald Trump’s upcoming trip to his city to be cancelled based on what he said was the American president’s “alarmist” reaction to the attack.
President Donald Trump won’t visit the U.K. until he feels the British public would welcome him, he told U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May in a phone conversation in recent weeks, the Guardian reports.
Trump didn’t want to spark public protests, he told May according to a Downing Street advisor quoted anonymously by the paper, potentially postponing the visit indefinitely.
“We aren’t going to comment on speculation about the contents of private phone conversations. The Queen extended an invitation to President Trump to visit the UK and there is no change to those plans,” a Downing Street spokesperson told POLITICO.
May was the first head of state to visit the White House seven days after Mr. Trump’s inauguration and holding a joint press conference with him January 27. May invited Trump to Britain and told a joint press conference she had extended an invitation from the Queen to Trump and his wife Melania to make a state visit later in the year and was “delighted that the president has accepted that invitation”.
But the White House said the two leaders had not discussed the topic. Britain has never confirmed dates for the visit, although officials have said it could be in October.