President Donald Trump will visit the United Kingdom in July, the White House and Downing Street announced on Thursday, finally concluding a months-long back-and-forth over when Trump would at last visit America’s closest ally.
At the White House, press secretary Sarah Sanders announced the trip during a briefing with the children of reporters who were visiting for Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.
The first foreign leader to visit Trump after his inauguration, May had hoped the high honor extended directly from Queen Elizabeth II herself would help solidify the US-UK “special relationship” at a moment of uncertainty.
Since then, however, tensions have persisted between the two governments, including over Trump’s criticism of London’s mayor, his tweets about a bombing in London, and his retweets of an extreme right-wing British group.
“I have no doubt that if he does come, there will be some people who want to express their views loudly and peacefully to the President,” said Khan, who has clashed with Trump over Twitter and has even said Trump should not visit Britain.