Trump to make first state visit to United Kingdom in June

Clay Curtis
April 23, 2019

During Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's St Patrick's Day visit to Washington Mr Trump told Mr Varadkar he would visit Ireland in 2019.

The White House said in a statement that the president accepted an invitation for a state visit to the United Kingdom from June 3 to 5, an honor he has been denied until now.

According to the BBC's North America Editor Jon Sopel, the White House will announce in next 48 hours that President Trump will undertake an official State Visit in June.

"While in the United Kingdom, the president and first lady will attend a ceremony in Portsmouth to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, at one of the primary embarkation sites for the Allied operation that led to the liberation of Europe during World War II".

News of the looming visit has been circulating for days.

It will be the president's second meeting with the queen after first meeting the British monarch last summer, where they sat for a lengthy private tea at Windsor Castle. It follows state visits by President George W. Bush in November of 2003 and President Barack Obama in May of 2011.

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At the time, Mr Bercow said: "I would not wish to issue an invitation to President Trump to speak in the Royal Gallery".

Prime minister Theresa May invited the US President for a state visit just weeks after his inauguration but no proposed date for the official meeting was ever put forward.

After being delayed several times, Trump's four-day visit a year ago was met with large protests in London and throughout the country.

Trump has had a somewhat rocky relationship with both May and Macron.

Campaigners are also calling for the return of the baby "Trump Blimp" a year after the giant 20ft tall effigy depicting the President as a baby was flown above Parliament Square. Some replies expressed disappointment and/or sympathy for the queen.

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