Donald Trump has been putting off visiting the United Kingdom out of fear that he will be met with protests, though he says it is because of a ‘bad deal’ struck by Obama…
But it looks like the – ahem – President’s state visit will be going ahead sometime this year. Get your protest signs at the ready!
Downing Street have said that officials have been in talks to finalise details of his visit. Theresa May recently met with Trump at the annual World Economic Forum meeting, hosted at Davos. It’s said discussions took place between the leaders whilst there.
Theresa May, ever keen to keep a good relationship with Trump, told him how Brexit talks were going ‘very well’.
A Downing Street spokesperson said:
The two leaders began by discussing Bombardier, with the PM reiterating the importance of the company’s jobs in Northern Ireland. The PM and the president discussed Iran, and the need to work together to combat the destabilising activity which it is conducting in the region, including ballistic missile development, and continuing efforts to ensure Iran does not develop nuclear weapons. They also agreed on the importance of continuing to stand side-by-side in the fight against Daesh in Syria and elsewhere. The Prime Minister updated the president on the good progress which had been made in the Brexit negotiations so far. The two leaders reiterated their desire for a strong trading relationship post-Brexit, which would be in the interests of both countries.
The spokesperson continued by saying: ‘The PM and the president concluded by asking officials to work together on finalising the details of a visit by the president to the UK later this year.’
It is reported, however, that this will be a more ‘down played’ visit, and that it won’t be declared as a state visit.