Trump Won’t Get Royal Welcome During UK Visit
U.S. President Donald Trump is reportedly making a “working visit” to the United Kingdom in early 2018, but he won’t get the customary meeting with the royal family.
U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May invited Trump to come for a state visit shortly after he took office in January. The invitation was contested by some lawmakers, and House of Commons Speaker John Bercow declared he wouldn’t get the opportunity to address parliament.
The Evening Standard reported Wednesday that Trump’s visit will be labeled a “working visit” to avoid scrutiny. Instead of red carpet treatment, Trump will likely include it during a tour of several countries.
Trump reportedly informed May in June that he wanted to delay the visit due to the risk of protests. (RELATED: Trump’s UK Visit In Peril Over Protest Fears, British Media Says)
“We aren’t going to comment on speculation about the contents of private phone conversations,” a government source told The Guardian. “The Queen extended an invitation to President Trump to visit the U.K. and there is no change to those plans.”
Being a guest of the queen has historically been reserved for a president’s second term. The honor has been extended to several leaders over the years, including Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Romania’s former communist dictator Nicolae Ceaucescu.
Trump’s working visit will focus on global security discussions, according to the Evening Standard.
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