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US President Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK will go ahead despite reports he asked the British government to postpone it amid fear of mass protests.
Axar.az reports citing RT.
The White House and Downing Street have both dismissed reports by the Guardian on Sunday that Trump had called UK Prime Minister Theresa May to delay his state visit planned for this autumn.
The newspaper reported that, according to a Downing Street advisor, the US leader had called May, saying he is hesitant about visiting the UK amid concern he will be rejected by the public.
Trump has faced widespread criticism for his controversial remarks about London Mayor Sadiq Khan following the terrorist attack on London Bridge and Borough Market last week that killed eight and injured almost 50.
He slammed the mayor for saying British people should not be alarmed by the increased security presence on the streets.
When Khan responded saying he had “more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump’s ill-informed tweet that deliberately takes out of context his remarks,” Trump took his criticism a step further, accusing the mayor of making up “pathetic excuses.”
The Guardian also reported that May, who invited the Republican soon after he was sworn in as president in January, was surprised by Trump’s reservations.
Although the Trump administration did tell the BBC the president “does not feel like” visiting the UK anytime soon, White House sources claimed talks of the state visit had “never come up” during the call between the two leaders, and added that “the president has tremendous respect for Prime Minister May.”
2017.06.12 / 20:14