Theresa May told Donald Trump she is looking forward to his State Visit
The Prime Minister this afternoon spoke to President Trump in a telephone call, in which the pair continued their talks on a possible post-Brexit UK-US trade deal.
They also discussed the controversial billionaire’s upcoming VIP trip to Britain, with Mrs May having last month passed on the Queen’s invitation to President Trump to visit the UK.
Having presented the offer to President Trump on her visit to the White House last month, the Prime Minister returned home to a wave of anger over the US leader’s subsequent refugee ban and imposition of travel restrictions on seven Muslim-majority countries.
The Prime Minister said she looks forward to welcoming him later this year
Downing Street spokesperson
MPs will next week debate a petition signed by 1.8million people calling for President Trump’s State Visit to be cancelled – in order to save “embarrassment” to the Queen – although the Government have already dismissed the campaign.
President Trump’s upcoming visit also sparked a political row over accusations House of Commons’ Speaker John Bercow breached impartiality rules by declaring he would not be in favour of the US leader addressing Parliament.
A Tory MP has since called for the Speaker to face a vote of no confidence.
Revealing the contents of Mrs May and President Trump’s phone call this afternoon, a Downing Street spokesperson said: “The Prime Minister spoke to President Trump this afternoon, as part of their regular engagement.
“They discussed a range of issues, including trade and security and also discussed the President’s upcoming State Visit to the UK.
“The Prime Minister said she looks forward to welcoming him later this year”.
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President Trump Meets With British PM Theresa May At The White House
President Trump has seen his so-called Muslim ban blocked by US courts, while he has also been hit by the resignation of his national security adviser Michael Flynn over allegations about his contact with a Russian official.