‘I will be going to London!’ Trump vows he’ll visit the UK despite London Mayor’s demand that he stay away – as he predicts ‘a very powerful deal’ on trade

Saturday, July 8, 2017
By Paul Martin

President Donald Trump didn’t say when the visit to London would take place
The claim put to rest any speculation that the White House might call off the trip
London Mayor Sadiq Khan called last month for Trump to stay away from his city
Also told Indonesia’s president that he wants to visit Jakarta but didn’t commit

By David Martosko, US Political Editor
8 July 2017

President Donald Trump said Saturday that he is indeed planning to make an official state visit to the United Kingdom.

‘I will be going to London, yes,’ he vowed as he kicked off a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May.

Trump didn’t say when that visit would take place, but his pledge will put to rest any speculation that the White House might call off the trip in response to fears about mass protests in the British capital.

‘We’ll work that out,’ he said when reporters asked him about a possible timetable, ‘but we’ll be going to London.’

The G20 meeting in Hamburg, where Trump spoke briefly on Saturday, sparked protests on the streets as about 12,000 anarchists, anti-capitalists and other left-wing activists rioted and set fire to cars.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan called on the White House last month to stay away from his city, following a pair of presidential tweets that blasted him for being soft on terrorism.

‘I don’t think we should roll out the red carpet to the president of the USA in the circumstances where his policies go against everything we stand for,’ Khan said.

Khan, the first Muslim mayor of a major western European city, contended that Trump is an Islamophobe.

‘There are many things about which Donald Trump is wrong,’ he said.

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