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Friday, April 27, 2018

Trump will visit the United Kingdom next July

Por Damian

The next important travel in the political agenda of the White House has made the news! President Donald Trump will make a visit to the United Kingdom on July 13, until now delayed by fears of protest marches, announced last Thursday the British government, which has its American ally for post-Brexit.

"The president of the United States will visit the United Kingdom on July 13. He will hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Theresa May” announced the British government in a statement, confirming a tweet from the British ambassador at the US, Kim Darroch.

He had declared himself "delighted" to announce this trip, originally planned for the end of last year. The fact that "finally" Trump travels to the United Kingdom is "fantastic news", reacted on Twitter the head of British diplomacy, Boris Johnson. "A pleasure to see our closest ally and friend during the most important visit of all time", Johnson added without hiding his enthusiasm.

A government source said the US president will make a working visit and not a state visit, which would involve several official acts to pay homage to the visitor, which in that case would have to be received by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.

But the same source said that the invitation to carry out a state visit is still standing, as proposed by Theresa May in January 2017, which provoked a flood of criticism among the British. Trump's trip to the United Kingdom is a real puzzle for the British government due to the threat of protests. About 1.9 million people signed a petition demanding that they make a simple visit and not a state visit.

"I have no doubt that if he comes there will be people who want to express their point of view out loud", said the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, a few days ago.

Anticipating future demonstrations, Labor MP David Lammy, in the opposition, tweeted "Do you know anyone who makes good banners?".

"Since his arrival in the White House, Trump demonstrated an impatience that borders on intolerance with peaceful demonstrations, the media and even the democratic process", said Kate Allen, an Amnesty International official. This visit "will be a significant opportunity to highlight the importance of freedom of expression and the right to demonstrate", she added.

The "special" relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom was overshadowed by several episodes of tension. The last one took place in November, when Trump retweeted videos against Muslims broadcast by the vice president of the far-right group Britain First.

In January, Donald Trump canceled a visit to inaugurate the new US embassy in London, expressing his displeasure that "the Obama administration sold the best located and most pleasant embassy in London" for little money.

But not a few saw in that criticism an excuse not to expose themselves to the protest marches. However, in the middle of April, the two countries showed close proximity when they led, altogether with France, a series of coordinated bombings in Syria in response to an alleged chemical attack.