Trump to visit United Kingdom in July

President Donald Trump will visit the Unit...

Posted: Apr 26, 2018 4:32 PM
Updated: Apr 26, 2018 4:32 PM

President Donald Trump will visit the United Kingdom in July, the White House and Downing Street announced on Thursday, finally concluding a months-long back-and-forth over when Trump would at last visit America's closest ally.

"The President of the United States will visit the UK on 13 July. He will hold bilateral talks with the Prime Minister during his visit. Further details will be set out in due course," a Downing Street spokesman said in a statement.

At the White House, press secretary Sarah Sanders announced the trip in a briefing with the children of reporters who were visiting for Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.

The trip will not constitute the "state visit" that Prime Minister Theresa May triumphantly announced more than a year ago from the White House. The first foreign leader to visit Trump after his inauguration, May had hoped the high honor -- extended directly from Queen Elizabeth II herself -- would help solidify the US-UK "special relationship" at a moment of uncertainty.

Since then, however, tensions have persisted between the two governments, including over Trump's criticism of London's mayor, his tweets about a bombing in London, and his retweets of an extreme right-wing British group.

Instead, Trump's stopover will be categorized as a "working visit," without elaborate trappings like a horse parade or a state dinner at Buckingham Palace. It will include meetings with May and her aides, who are eager to begin talks on a new trade agreement with the US as Britain nears its exit from the European Union.

It could also include a meeting with the Queen, but officials said those plans are still not final. It's also not yet clear whether Trump's meetings will be in London or somewhere else in Britain, where he may be able to avoid expected protests. Trump owns two golf properties in the United Kingdom, both in Scotland.

Speaking to the British Press Association this week, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said protests of some kind would likely accompany Trump's visit but said they would be peaceful.

"I have no doubt that if he does come, there will be some people who want to express their views loudly and peacefully to the President," said Khan, who has clashed with Trump over Twitter and has even said Trump should not visit Britain. "We have got a great history in our city of bringing about change by protest, the key thing is for it to be lawful, for it to be peaceful."

On his previous presidential trips to Europe, Trump has mostly avoided mass protests. Parisians largely shrugged when he visited the French capital in July. Anarchists rioted in Hamburg during his stop at the G20 meetings, but that's standard for those types of summits.

Trump had previously been penciled in to visit London in February to attend the opening of the new American embassy. Aides in Washington and London had commenced initial talks for the short stopover.

But the trip was scrubbed after Trump balked at the cost of the new building, which came in north of a billion dollars.

"Bad deal," he wrote on Twitter. "Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!"

West Lafayette
Clear
78° wxIcon
Hi: 92° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 80°
Kokomo
Scattered Clouds
73° wxIcon
Hi: 92° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 73°
Rensselaer
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 68°
Fowler
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 68°
Williamsport
Clear
74° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 74°
Crawfordsville
Clear
69° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 69°
Frankfort
Overcast
74° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 74°
Delphi
Clear
73° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 73°
Monticello
Clear
73° wxIcon
Hi: 95° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 73°
Logansport
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 72°
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 47432

Reported Deaths: 2687
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion11546683
Lake5104242
Elkhart321144
Allen2737129
St. Joseph190866
Cass16389
Hamilton1538100
Hendricks1390100
Johnson1256118
Porter72037
Tippecanoe6948
Madison65564
Clark64044
Bartholomew58244
Howard56557
LaPorte56326
Kosciusko5354
Vanderburgh5026
Marshall4823
Jackson4693
Noble46928
LaGrange4677
Hancock44035
Boone43743
Delaware43150
Shelby42325
Floyd37144
Morgan32731
Montgomery29320
Grant29126
Clinton2882
Monroe27628
Dubois2666
White26010
Henry25815
Decatur24932
Lawrence24225
Vigo2318
Dearborn22823
Harrison21222
Warrick21229
Greene18532
Miami1822
Jennings17411
Putnam1688
DeKalb1604
Scott1607
Daviess14216
Orange13623
Wayne1366
Steuben1282
Perry1279
Franklin1248
Ripley1157
Jasper1142
Wabash1122
Carroll1102
Fayette987
Newton9810
Starke923
Whitley905
Randolph784
Huntington742
Jefferson722
Wells711
Fulton691
Jay680
Washington681
Gibson672
Knox640
Pulaski641
Clay604
Rush563
Adams501
Benton480
Owen471
Sullivan441
Brown381
Posey380
Blackford372
Spencer371
Crawford300
Fountain302
Tipton301
Switzerland260
Martin220
Parke220
Ohio140
Vermillion140
Warren141
Union130
Pike100
Unassigned0193

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events