The official announcement is expected in the coming days, possibly after the State Visit by Emanuel Macron, according to sources quoted by Sky News. The French President, Emmanuel Macron, is enjoying his first state visit this week.
The President was invited to the UK in January to open the new US Embassy, however he chose to cancel the visit, criticising the Embassy’s move from Grosvenor Square in the prestigious Mayfair district of central London to what he described as an “off location” at Nine Elms, which is south of the Thames. The President expressed that it was a “bad deal” given the cost and less appealing location.
The President has not visited the UK since his election as President of the United States in November of 2016. Media speculation at the time said the President was offended by slights by some UK public figures.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was quick to point out Sadiq Khan’s endangering of the “special relationship” between the UK and the US, which is pivotal to UK trade deals once the UK is out of the European Union, after Sadiq’s statement that the President had “got the message” from Londoners and would have been met by “mass peaceful protests” if he was to visit.
As well, Prime Minister Theresa May also jeopardised that relationship, criticising statements the President has made on Muslims, terrorism and climate change. However, President Trump has stated his gratitude for the support from the UK and France gave when the coalition of countries conducted targeted air strikes in Syria in April.
We SUPPORT the visit to BRITAIN by President @realDonaldTrump as do MANY more BRITS. It will be this year and we will march in SUPPORT of that VISIT. RT if you support too. #IAmBritish 🇬🇧 #TrumpMarchUK #MarchForTrumpUK pic.twitter.com/rYGCVim8bw
— I Am British 🇬🇧 (@IAmBritishreal) February 27, 2018
Excitement is growing at the possibility of the President Trump’s July visit amongst many members of the public, including Brexit voters who share similar views with the President. There are groups on social media that have been hoping that he would be invited and choose to visit.
Please Visit the Uk 🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/EdzU6k2rl7
— UK NEEDS A TRUMP FAST 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@tlsg99) June 28, 2017