When the week ended, it did so with a number of rumors doing the rounds about President Trump's proposed visit to the United Kingdom being postponed. The reason, ostensibly, was that the President had not made a very good impression on the Englishmen in the recent times and this, it was felt, could lead to some embarrassing situations if he did time his visit now. While it is a fact that President Trump is not topping popularity charts in the UK right now, White House officials say that the news about delays and postponements is completely false.
Fear of protests rumored to be the cause
The rumors also mentioned that the President is hesitating to go to the UK now because of the possibility that he may be welcomed with protests. There is a good reason to feel this way. President Trump did not earn the favor of the international audience when he decided to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord. Several world leaders had personally requested him to stay in it when he had been on his world tour a while back.
What hit even closer to home for the people of UK was the President's tweet about the Mayor of London, hinting that the latter was not taking the attack on the public by terrorists seriously enough. His remarks were not taken lightly by the media or the public and they raised a media ruckus of sorts. The incident remains quite fresh in the minds of the people of the UK and this could mean that the President would be welcomed less than cordially there if he does make his visit.
Downing Street Minister leaks information about possible delay
That the President was considering delaying his trip came to light after a Downing Street Minister leaked information about the recent interaction between President Trump and British leader Theresa May. He said that Trump had made his concerns felt that his visit may not be the right thing to do under present circumstances.
However, White House officials have been quick to state that the President's visit was not even mentioned during the conversation between the two leaders. They reiterated that President Trump's invitation to visit the UK has been extended by the Queen and that the U.S. President will surely act upon this invitation in the near future. They also point out that no date had been set for the visit, so postponement is a moot point, anyway.