Britain’s Daily Mail is reporting that President Trump has officially canceled his scheduled trip to Great Britain over “fears that he won’t be made welcome” there.
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Trump was scheduled to make his first trip to the UK next month to officially open the new US embassy in London, but is reportedly “unhappy about the arrangements and the scale of the visit.”
His cancellation comes after he promised British Prime Minister Theresa May just last month that he would be visiting shortly in the new year with the end of February having been penciled in as the tentative date. No new date has been offered for Trump’s visit, risking a perceived diplomatic snub. Apparently, Trump wants to hold out for a full state visit with all the royal trappings, including a formal reception by the Queen and will hand off the embassy opening duties to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Tensions between Britain and the US have risen since Trump offended the long-time allies by re-tweeting anti-Muslim propaganda from Britain First, a nationalist far-Right political group, and was harshly criticized by Prime Minister May who responded by saying of the President’s action:
“I am very clear that retweeting from Britain First was the wrong thing to do.
May has also been very critical of Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, declaring the move “unhelpful in terms of prospects for peace in the region.”
The most frightening prospect for Trump in any visit to Great Britain must surely be the potential for massive protests against his presence in the country after more than a million British citizens signed a petition demanding that the UK cancel his invitation for a state visit.
Expect that, if Trump doesn’t get the state visit with all the pomp that he feels that he deserves, to see Great Britain added to the list of “shithole” countries very soon.