Trump tell Theresa May to fix him a warm U.K. welcome for his state visit, along with great media coverage
Illinois Intelligencer - Monday 17th July, 2017
The U.S. President spoke to May to discussed the planned state visit, which was postponed until next year
Trump told May he hasn’t had great coverage in the U.K. and asked May to fix it for him
He told May to plan a better reception and that he won’t go there before that
LONDON, U.K. - Britain’s Prime Minister’s latest conversation with U.S. President Donald Trump could reportedly put together as ‘Things Trump wants.’
According to a transcript of the conversation between Trump and U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, that was seen by senior diplomats and reported by the British Media, the U.S. President has pointed out the things he wants before he can plan the state visit, on which he was invited in January this year.
Reports noted that Trump has refused to make the state visit to U.K. until May “fixes warm U.K. welcome.”
Trump reportedly told May that he will not make a state visit to the UK until he is guaranteed a "better reception.”
He said, “When I know I’m going to get a better reception, I’ll come and not before.”
The U.S. President has also asked the British Prime Minister to prepare a "warm welcome" before he agrees to set a date, during a telephonic conversation the duo held to discuss the planned state visit.
Recently, reports stated that the planned visit, that was to happen this year, had been pushed back until next year.
A report in The Sun revealed that Trump told May during the conversation, "I haven’t had great coverage out there lately, Theresa.”
To which, May reportedly replied, "Well, you know what the British press are like."
And Trump said, "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."
A source quoted in reports also added, “He seemed to think the PM would be able to smooth the path for him to get a warm welcome. But she tried to explain she has no power to dictate how newspapers and media might decide to cover his visit. After all, we are not North Korea. He said he would not agree a date until people support him coming.”
Neither Downing Street nor the White House has officially commented on the reports.
After the Queen’s invite was delivered to Trump by May earlier this year, thousands of protesters marched to Westminster against the invitation.
A petition, that boasts close to 2 million signatures, has been doing the rounds and reads, “Donald Trump should be allowed to enter the U.K. in his capacity as head of the U.S. Government, but he should not be invited to make an official State Visit because it would cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen.”
Now, anti-Trump campaigners even urged protesters to “be on standby” for street demonstrations after reports suggested the President could try and “sneak into the country,” only warning the Government 24 hours in advance.
The news of the conversation comes days after Trump ended his visit to France, on an invitation from the French President Emmanuel Macron, to be the guest of honor for the Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees.
It became the first time a U.S. President had attended the event since George Bush in 1989.
The two leaders, who have shared a rather embarrassing white-knuckled handshake before, took a tour of the Les Invalides war memorial and Elysee Palace before a bilateral meeting and followed it up by a luxurious dinner at the Eiffel Tower.
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