Trump invited to the UK "every year of his presidency" despite demonstrations

Return trip planned with the pomp and ceremony of a full state visit, which traditionally includes a military guard of honor.


                            Trump invited to the UK "every year of his presidency" despite demonstrations
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President Trump has been invited by the UK government for an annual visit to the country, throughout his presidency; however, members of the US Embassy in Britain think that the decision should have been otherwise. A poll commissioned by the US Embassy in Britain, allegedly revealed that the majority of Brits do not want President Trump to visit the country. The survey also showed that majority of British nationals do not favor a state visit by Trump and they don't want him to meet the Queen.

He is expected to stay "at least overnight" in London on July 13, although finer details of his visit are yet to be finalized, according to the Daily Mail.

In fact, British government officials have already planned his next visit to the state for the 75th anniversary of VE Day in May 2020, and they reportedly want him to visit every year of his presidency.

A leaflet for a protest against Donald Trump is seen amongst Labour party flags at the Solidarity Tent at Labour Live, White Hart Lane, Tottenham on June 16, 2018, in London, England. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)

Press aides from the embassy were seen asking polling firm Survation to conduct a poll regarding the favorability of Trump visiting the UK in a Channel 4 documentary about the inner workings of the organization.

One sees National Security Adviser Sir Mark Sedwill talking about annual trips with Robert 'Woody' Johnson, Trump's ambassador to the UK, in the documentary's first episode scheduled to be aired on Monday.

Sir Mark says: "Let's plan for a series of visits in his first term." 

"I think for him to be the first big visit after Brexit - this is what I said to HR - to say, you know, this is a Brexit president," while referring to his former US counterpart HR McMaster. 

Earlier this year, President Trump said that his predecessor, Barack Obama, had done a "bad deal" by agreeing to move it from Grosvenor Square and even canceled his visit to open the new embassy building at Nine Elms.

Trump called Vauxhall an "off location" in a tweet after the canceling his visit.

Protesters hold up placards during a rally in Parliament Square against US President Donald Trump's state visit to the UK on February 20, 2017, in London, England. MPs in the Houses of Parliament debate Mr Trump's state visit to the UK after a petition against it reached 1.8 million signatures. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

 

Many believe that one of the major reasons behind the postponement of his 2017 visit was the threat of protests.

However, looks like President Trump couldn't care less about the demonstrators and thus agreed to spend time in London next month. First Lady Melania Trump is expected to accompany the President for the trip as they plan to meet the Queen and Prince Philip, said US officials.

The US Embassy's Deputy Chief of Mission, Lew Lukens, said they were open to further visits by the president after promises of 2019 and 2020 visits surfaced. When asked about the idea of Trump coming for VE Day commemorations, Lukens said: "It would certainly be an appropriate occasion for him to come over and mark.

"We are focused right now on the first visit, which will be in about a month.

"Beyond that, we do think the State Visit will happen next year at some point, but beyond that, we haven't set a date." 


Due to the focus on the Trump - Kim Jong Un meet, White House planners have been unable to finalize the details of the president's UK visit.

He said: "Normally one month before a visit we would have a pretty good idea at this point of the schedule but we don't in this case.

"The team from Washington, from the White House, that travels in advance of a visit to set up the programme was completely wrapped up with the Singapore summit, so they haven't been here yet."

In the aforementioned documentary, 'Inside the American Embassy', the subject of the first episode is Woody Johnson, the new US ambassador.

Johnson can be seen in the documentary saying he is "very confident about what happens after Brexit" and that he "doesn't think it's a major challenge." He is a business mogul himself and an old friend of Trump.

US Ambassador to the UK Robert Wood Johnson speaks at the unveiling of the new US Embassy building in Nine Elms in Wandsworth on December 13, 2017, in London, England. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The commander-in-chief was able to pass a $1.4 trillion tax cut last December for individuals, corporations, as well as small businesses. The tax bill also reduced the rate on business profits from 35 percent to 21 percent in a welcome move.

Johnson added: "When you look at Donald Trump and what he has done, maybe take some inspiration and do some of the things he has done. 

"I mean he turned something round in one year, he has got 3 percent growth."

Johnson is seen meeting with Foreign Office minister Sir Alan Duncan in the said documentary.

The ambassador told him: "I had a very interesting group for breakfast yesterday, basically the whole financial community. They say the world does not really care about Brexit."

"The only people who care about Brexit are really mostly here, a little a bit in the EU. The Chinese really don't care about it, the American population does not know what it is."

"If you take a look from that perspective, I think it puts, maybe, our discussions now in some kind of new perspective or different perspective."

"We have to work together, we are going to do this, it is going to work out, we don't know exactly how but it is going to work."