Donald Trump afraid protests will ruin UK visit - report

  • 12/06/2017
Donald Trump.
Donald Trump. Photo credit: Getty

British Prime Minister Theresa May's office says there has been no change to plans for US President Donald Trump to come to Britain on a state visit, after the Guardian newspaper reported the trip had been postponed.

The paper, citing an unnamed adviser at May's Downing Street office who was in the room at the time, reported Mr Trump had told Ms May by telephone in recent weeks that he did not want to come if there were likely to be large-scale protests.

"We aren't going to comment on speculation about the contents of private phone conversations," a spokeswoman for Ms May's office said. "The Queen extended an invitation to President Trump to visit the UK and there is no change to those plans."

The White House had no immediate comment on the report.

No date has been set for the visit, which was agreed during Ms May's visit to Washington in January, but British media had reported it was planned for October.

Last week a social media campaign urging Britons to 'moon' Mr Trump went viral.

"He can wave at our arses and only our arses as he fulfils his dream of riding down The Mall in the golden State carriage," the Facebook event page ' Gigantic British Moon at Trump on his State visit' says.

One of the #ShowYourRumpToTrump posters on social media.
One of the #ShowYourRumpToTrump posters on social media. Photo credit: @Mrgareth/Twitter

Mr Trump has come under fire in Britain this month for his public criticism of London Mayor Sadiq Khan's response to an attack by Islamist militants in London, in which eight people were killed. Ms May found herself forced to defend Mr Khan, who is from the opposition Labour party.

Mr Khan has called for Mr Trump's visit to be cancelled.

"I don't think we should roll out the red carpet to the president of the USA in the circumstances where his policies go against everything we stand for," he told Channel 4 News.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said there is no reason to cancel the visit, while White House spokesman Sean Spicer has said Mr Trump intends to go and that "he appreciates Her Majesty's gracious invitation".

Mr Trump has named, but not formally nominated, a new Ambassador to the UK - Woody Johnson.

Reuters / Newshub.