President Donald Trump has not yet made a trip to the United Kingdom, one of America’s closest allies, because he’s worried about facing unruly crowds. A new report says that he begged Prime Minister Theresa May to prevent him from facing protests or he won’t visit.
The remarks came from a transcribed conversation between the two leaders about President Trump’s state visit, now reportedly postponed until 2018.
From The Sun:
Mr Trump says: “I haven’t had great coverage out there lately, Theresa.”
She replies awkwardly: “Well, you know what the British press are like.”
He replies: “I still want to come, but I’m in no rush. So, if you can fix it for me, it would make things a lot easier. When I know I’m going to get a better reception, I’ll come and not before.”
A source said: “He seemed to think the PM would be able to smooth the path for him to get a warm welcome. But she tried to explain she has no power to dictate how newspapers and media might decide to cover his visit.
“After all, we are not North Korea,” [May said].
The conversation closed with an assertion from President Trump that he would not visit the UK until May could confirm that he’d be well-received by the public. The Prime Minister’s office had no comment on the report.
As we reported in June, the reception Trump will receive from the British public has been a sticking point in planning the trip that was supposed to take place sometime this summer.
Yet, after a spate of terror attacks in the UK, Trump reignited his feud with the London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who happens to be Muslim. He was roundly criticized for it in the press and on social media.
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