US PRESIDENT Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK is due to take place in early June.
President Trump and first lady Melania visited the UK in July 2018 for a two-day working visit. They met prime minister Theresa May at Chequers and the Queen at Windsor Castle before heading to Scotland.
At the time Trump described the Queen as a “tremendous woman” who had “really never made a mistake”.
Trump’s visit was marred by protests, with tens of thousands of people taking to the streets of central London and cities around the country. The security operation for the visit cost an estimated £18m.
May had invited Trump for a state visit when she met the president shortly after he took office in 2016.
A state visit is a formal visit by a head of state and is normally at the invitation of the Queen. There is usually a state banquet and also a visit to Parliament.
The prospect of Trump visiting the UK has not gone down well with many MPs.
Taking to Twitter, Labour MP David Lammy wrote: “Deluded, dishonest, xenophobic, narcissistic, Donald Trump is no friend of Britain. He is not fit to hold public office, let alone worthy of our country’s highest honours and a banquet with the Queen. Theresa May is selling out the UK to a serial liar and a cheat. #TrumpUKVisit.”
Stella Creasy noted: “Time to resurrect the https://www.toptrumptargets.uk/ campaign to make sure those targeted by Trump’s hate know whose side this country is on….And yet Britain getting ready to roll out the red carpet to Trump again…[email protected] allows you to donate to the amazing Abortion Support Network as a reaction to this- don’t get angry, get active….”