US Ambassador to UK Hopes for Trump Visit in New Year

Aaron Brown
December 13, 2017

The remarks by Woody Johnson to the BBC's Today programme represent the first official confirmation that the president is expected to visit in early 2018, when Trump may formally open the new American embassy.

Mr Johnson added: 'I think it's a very very good relationship.

There have been calls for the U.K.to cancel the visit after Trump retweeted three anti-Muslim videos last month from far-right group Britain First.

According to the BBC, if Trump does visit the United Kingdom, it will likely be a working trip and not an official state visit.

The ambassador acknowledged that Trump had raised hackles in the UK.

"And so if you look at the context of that, that's what he's trying to do".

Mr Trump fired back at the PM by saying she should concentrate on "Radical Islamic Terrorism taking place in the UK" and not his Twitter activity.

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"I think the way I would look at it and I think the way that he looks at it is security is his number one oath when he took the oath of office, it is protecting Americans".

Downing Street has said Mrs May wants to speak to the U.S. president by telephone, but weeks later the call has still not taken place.

Trump retaliated by attacking her on Twitter.

"He is going to come out, he is going to probably take some chances, in an effort to do that, to accomplish that security goal and maybe he will ruffle feathers".

'The prime minister was his first visitor, the first official foreign leader to visit.

When criticised by Mrs May, he hit back at the prime minister telling her to focus on countering "radical Islamic terrorism taking place in the UK". The House of Commons Speaker, John Bercow, has said the president would not be welcome to speak to both houses of parliament, an honour typically given prestigious overseas politicians.

Tory backbencher Michael Fabricant has slammed "tedious gesture politics" after reports women were planning to wear bright pink to protest Mr Trump's visit.

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