Thursday, 2 December 2021

Trump urged Theresa May to fix better UK welcome for him

Donald Trump with Theresa May

LONDON: Donald Trump has reportedly told Theresa May he won’t visit Britain until he get’s a ‘better reception’.

The US President was scheduled to take part in a state visit to the UK later this year but no set date has been announced and there was no mention in the Queen’s Speech.

Suggestions his visit may be postponed were first suggested earlier this year and may prove to be true based on a transcript allegedly showing a phone conversation between the Republican and Theresa May.

According to The Sun, the president told the prime minister he would visit but not until she ‘fixes’ the negative press coverage of him.

The conversation is said to have gone as follows:

Trump: ‘I haven’t had great coverage out there lately, Theresa.’

May: ‘Well, you know what the British press are like.’

Trump: ‘I still want to come, but I’m in no rush.

‘So, if you can fix it for me, it would make things a lot easier.

‘When I know I’m going to get a better reception, I’ll come and not before.’

The president had been invited to the UK just seven days after his inauguration, whereas Barack Obama did not make his first state visit until 2011.

Trump, whose mother is Scottish, is a well-known Anglophile and has spoken of his fondness for Britain previously.

Downing Street is yet to comment.

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