President Donald Trump has said he has called off state visits to the UK over large scale protests he is likely to face from the British public.
The commander-in-chief is understood to have called Prime Minister Theresa May to tell her that he didn’t want to visit the UK if there were going to be demonstrations against him – meaning his visit could be indefinitely postponed.
But Mrs May’s office denied there had been any changes to the planned visit and refused to comment on the reports around the phone call – even though it is possible she will not be Prime Minister by the time the scheduled visit occurs.
It comes after large scale protests around the visit hit London earlier this year while more than 300,000 people signed a petition urging Parliament to ban Trump from entering the UK.
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The source said they were present in Downing Street when the call came through.
But Mrs May’s office denied there were any changes to the planned state visit in a statement released today.
It said: ‘We aren’t going to comment on speculation about the contents of private phone conversations.
‘The Queen extended an invitation to President Trump to visit the UK and there is no change to those plans.’
Jeremy Corbyn, leader of opposition party Labor, tweeted Sunday that he was happy about the claims.
Corbyn was referencing Trump’s Twitter attack on London Mayor Sadiq Khan shortly after the London Bridge terror attacks, which claimed eight innocent lives.
Trump mocked Khan for telling people ‘not to be alarmed’ in the wake of the attacks – but the London Mayor hit back and said the remarks were taken out of context.
Mr Khan said he was talking about the increased police presence on London streets, not the attacks themselves.
But Trump continued his attack, saying Khan had to ‘think fast’ to come up with his ‘pathetic excuse’ of a response.
The response from the British public was strong, with UK politicians and even Harry Potter author JK Rowling criticising the President on social media.