After President Trump retweeted hateful (and fake) videos about Muslims originally posted by an English White Nationalist, officials in the UK condemned his actions—including Prime Minister Theresa May. Some British representatives even proposed that Trump is banned from going to England.
So, he’s going. Trump notified May about his upcoming visit, which would be a “working visit”—not a state visit. And Trump will not meet with the Queen.
After the tweet and May’s criticism, Trump tweeted: “Theresa May, don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom.”
The trip, if it happens, will likely be a nightmare for secret service. Earlier in the year, before Trump’s tweet, over a million UK citizens signed a petition to cancel a planned state visit. Now, with Trump even less popular, Whitehall sources are afraid that Trump will ignite the biggest protest since the Iraq War, which saw 1 million protesters marching in London. Labour MP Barry Sheerman believes that any visit from Trump would bring “unparalleled demonstrations in this country.”
Another issue facing Trump when he goes to London is his decision to acknowledge Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the US Embassy there. Aside from Israel, every world leader condemned this action, including Theresa May.
Trump’s visit coincides with the opening of the new US embassy, which has glass strong enough to withstand rocket-propelled grenades, a contingent of US Marines, and a moat. The embassy’s architect, James Timberlake, describes it as “the safest building in Britain.”
It sounds like Trump might need it.