Trump to meet May, Macron on Europe visit in June

Photo: EPA US President Donald Trump (L) with British PM Theresa May.

The US President Donald Trump will make his first state visit to the UK on 3-5 June, both the White House and the Buckingham Palace announced on Tuesday. According to their statements, the visit will include an audience with the Queen and a meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May in London, as well as and attendence at an event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day in Portsmouth.

Trump was promised the official trip by Theresa May after he was elected in 2016 but it was postponed amid protests against his policies in London. Now, the state visit is again expected to prompt demonstrations by activist groups strongly opposed to the US president, with Labour MPs saying he would not be welcomed in the UK. 

Thus, Trump will not get the traditional carriage ride down The Mall because of security fears. 

“The UK and United States have a deep and enduring partnership that is rooted in our common history and shared interests . . . The state visit is an opportunity to strengthen our already close relationship in areas such as trade, investment and defence, and discuss how we can build on these ties in the years ahead,” British PM Theresa May yet stated, as she is hoping that the visit will help her make progress on a UK-US trade accord that would take effect following Brexit.

In the meantime, while in Europe, Trump will also travel to Normandy for a bilateral meeting with French president Emmanuel Macron on 6 June.

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