It was recently announced that Donald Trump will soon be visiting the UK for the first time since becoming President of the United States. He was apparently meant to visit some time last year, though called it off because he was unhappy with the US embassy in Mayfair being sold for very little and a $1 billion replacement being constructed. Now, a visit has been confirmed and he’s everything we know so far about it.
When and where
It’s been confirmed that Trump will visit the UK on 13 July. During his time in the UK, he will likely meet with Queen and will definitely meet with Theresa May, with whom he will hold bilateral talks on a range of important issues. It’s therefore very likely that Trump will spend all of his trip within the city of London.
The status of the visit
Trump’s upcoming visit to the UK will not be a full state visit. Therefore, he will not be given a banquet at Buckingham Palace or a carriage procession up the Mall. Instead, this will be a working visit. A full state visit is still on the cards, however. This was promised to him by Theresa May when she visited him in Washington, D.C. last year. Before Trump visits the UK, he will have been to Brussels to attend a Nato summit.
There’s no denying that there are many who feel strongly about the president and things he’s said and done. Some in the UK admire him greatly, while others aren’t so favourable about him. News of his visit has been polarising: while many welcome him to the country, there’s also been talk of various groups staging protests in London. Some of our most prominent politicians have expressed differing opinions on the president’s visit. Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, has clashed with the president in the past and has publicly opposed his visit, while Boris Johnson has expressed his delight over it.