Sources within The White House in Washington have confirmed that President Donald Trump has cancelled his planned visit to the United Kingdom for 2018.
Although media reports are quoting a number of different reasons for the decision, it is widely believed that the possibility of a ‘frosty reception’ has effectively forced Trump to stay away.
There are now concerns that this will further damage the ‘special relationship’ between the United Kingdom and the United States of America – a relationship that has suffered in recent months.
In particular, Trump sharing content on Twitter from Britain First’s deputy leader Jayda Fransen seems to have accelerated this ill-feeling between the two administrations.
Trump has now offered an additional explanation on Twitter by saying:
“Reason I canceled my trip to London is that I am not a big fan of the Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for “peanuts,” only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars,” the President said.
“Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!”
Whether this is more political posturing or not, there are also others saying that Trump was annoyed at being denied the right to meet the Queen, with ‘the scale’ of the proposed visit being a cause of frustration.
Although it is more traditional for a US president to be offered a full state visit on their second term in office (as opposed to the first, which is Trump’s situation), the fact remains that times are changing and Trump is very much someone who has taken the ‘rulebook’ and thrown in out of the window.
It is a shame in many ways as for all of the wailing and howling amongst the usual suspects about Trump not being welcome in the United Kingdom, there has been a growing wave of support for the president to visit our country amongst the section of society that is so used to being ‘bashed’ for having an unpopular opinion.
Whatever the truth may be about this decision, the fact remains that it makes the United Kingdom look bad, and this is mainly because for better or worse, Trump is in the most powerful position in the free world.
Love him or hate him, he is simply someone who must be on our side, and every single piece of lefty virtue signalling will never change the fact that the United Kingdom needs the United States of America to be an ally.
We are a proud nation, but at the same time we need to be able to recognise our own strengths and limitations. In just over a year’s time, it is very much going to be a case of ‘going it alone’ and Mrs May and her chums in power need to get global superpowers on our side when it comes to trade.
Bearing in mind that Trump was elected through a democratic process, what the hell gives anybody the right to say that he isn’t welcome here?
These are are the same morons who think that Brexit, another democratically elected concept, is something that can be stopped.