President Donald Trump’s planned “working visit” to the UK in January 2018 has been indefinitely delayed following a war of words between the two countries’ leaders, according to the UK’s The Telegraph.
The Telegraph reports:
The trip, a scaled down version of a state visit with no meeting with the Queen, was intended to allow Mr Trump to come to the UK while avoiding the mass protests a full state visit would likely trigger.
However, The Telegraph can reveal that the trip has been pushed into the long grass, with no new date in the diary picked.
“The idea of a visit has obviously been floated, but not December and not January. I would not expect a Trump visit in January,” a senior US diplomat told The Telegraph.
Trump sparked worldwide outrage after he retweeted three inflammatory and unverified anti-Muslim videos first shared by the leader of the ultranationalist Britain First Party, Jayda Fransen, who was found guilty last year of “religiously aggravated harassment” after she verbally abused a woman wearing a hijab in front of her four children.
Fransen was arrested earlier this month over a hate speech she gave this summer at a Northern Ireland Against Terrorism rally in Belfast, according to the BBC.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has chastised Trump for the tweets, saying it was “wrong” to have shared the videos.
She also denounced Britain First as a “hateful organization.”
A British politician called for Trump to be arrested “for inciting racial hatred” with his inflammatory anti-Muslim tweets if he “steps foot on UK soil.”
Trump should be arrested for inciting racial hatred if May allows him to set foot on UK soil.
— Paul Flynn (@PaulFlynnMP) November 30, 2017
Labour MP Paul Flynn tweeted: “Trump should be arrested for inciting racial hatred if May allows him to set foot on UK soil.”
Several MPs publicly criticized Trump calling him a “fascist” and “stupid” and saying he is guilty of “spreading evil,” according to The Times.
One MP said the president is a “racist, incompetent, or unthinking, or all three.”
Peter Bone, a Conservative Party MP, called for Prime Minister Theresa May to ask Trump to delete his Twitter account.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan, a Muslim, said Thursday that Trump is promoting a “vile, extremist group” and a visit from him “would not be welcomed.”
President Trump has used Twitter to promote a vile, extremist group that exists solely to sow division and hatred in our country. It's increasingly clear that any official visit from President Trump to Britain would not be welcomed. pic.twitter.com/oZ1Kt0JCfY
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) November 30, 2017