Trump urged PM to ‘fix better UK reception’

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Donald Trump reportedly told Theresa May he would not come to the UK unless he gets a “better reception” and urged her to “fix it” for him.

A state visit by the US President was believed to have originally been planned for June this year.

But it was postponed amid anger in the UK over his controversial remarks about Muslims, immigration and women.

According to The Sun on Sunday, in a transcript of a conversation between the two leaders, Mr Trump told the Prime Minister: “I haven’t had great coverage out there lately, Theresa.”

She replied: “Well, you know what the British press are like.”

He said: “I still want to come, but I’m in no rush. So, if you can fix it for me, it would make things a lot easier.

“When I know I’m going to get a better reception, I’ll come and not before.”

Demonstrators attend a rally in Westminster protesting against Donald Trump

Image:A rally was held in Westminster in February protesting against Donald Trump

Almost two million people in Britain had signed an online petition calling for the visit to be stripped of the trappings of a state occasion, to avoid causing “embarrassment” to the Queen.

MPs debated it, Commons Speaker John Bercow effectively vetoed a speech by the President to Parliament, and there were anti-Trump demonstrations in February.

The state visit was then believed to have been delayed until the autumn.

It will now take place next year, senior Government sources have told Sky News.

Significantly, there was no mention of a Trump state visit in the Queen’s Speech, suggesting the visit had been postponed until 2019 at the earliest.

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow MP

Image:Commons Speaker John Bercow effectively vetoed a speech by the President to Parliament

But after a 50-minute meeting with Mrs May during the G20 summit in Germany earlier this month, the President insisted he “will be going to London”. Asked when, he replied: “We’ll work that out.”

The PM had invited him to visit the UK during her trip to Washington in January when their talks at the White House were overshadowed by pictures of him holding her hand.

Following the Borough Market terror attack in June, the US leader clashed with Sadiq Khan.

Mr Trump criticised Khan for his response to the atrocity, misquoting the capital mayor’s message to Londoners not to be alarmed by the increased presence of armed police.

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