Trump visit to United Kingdom expected in new year, says U.S. envoy


United Kingdom diplomats privately acknowledge that a state visit offered by May seven days after his inauguration was premature, believing the United Kingdom government was yet to understand the extent to which the current occupant of the White House marks a break from all previous Republican presidents. "If you look at it in that context that is what is he trying to do".

But he said the leaders still had a "very very good relationship" and he believed the visit would still happen.

'It hasn't been officially announced, but I hope he does, ' Woody Johnson said.

Mr Trump also retweeted a video of a Muslim man "destroy (ing) a statue of Virgin Mary", and another where Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen - who has previously been convicted of religiously aggravated harassment - to wrote: 'Islamist mob pushed teenage boy off roof and beats him to death!' The provenance of the footage is unknown.

After a Downing Street spokesman said he had been wrong to do so, the president hit back, telling May to focus on "destructive" terrorism in the UK.

Woody Johnson told the BBC on Monday night that the disagreement was "probably misinterpreted".

"I think the way I would look at it and I think the way that he looks at it is security is his number one oath when he took the oath of office, it is protecting Americans".

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"Is he going to be ideal and appeasing everybody?"

"Maybe he'll ruffle feathers, there's no question that maybe some feathers were ruffled with that".

Labour MP Stella Creasy called for the president's trip to be cancelled and said she would protest against his visit if it goes ahead by wearing "shocking pink" in solidarity with women's marches in the US. "How much damage does he have to do to security, to tension in our communities before our Prime Minister says actually the special relationship means enough for us to say "not now".

May criticized Trump's decision, and he responded by attacking her on Twitter.

"London is a beacon of diversity".

Despite the row, plans are thought to be in hand for the USA president to make a "working visit" within months to open the new American embassy in London.