A Big First for Trump, Coming in June

President, first lady to make premier state visit to UK, at queen's invite
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2019 8:21 AM CDT
A Big First for Trump, Coming in June
In this Friday, July 13, 2018 file photo, President Trump and Britain's Queen Elizabeth inspects the Guard of Honour at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England. Trump will pay a state visit to Britain in June as a guest of the queen.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, file)

President Trump has a big pre-summer trip on the docket. Citing a Buckingham Palace announcement, the BBC reports Trump will be heading to the UK for a three-day state visit starting June 3, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump. In addition to meeting with Queen Elizabeth II on his first official UK state visit, which the New York Times calls a "long delayed" one, the president will also convene with Prime Minister Theresa May, who says her get-together with Trump will be an "opportunity to strengthen our already close relationship in areas such as trade, investment, security, and defense, and to discuss how we can build on these ties in the years ahead."

Meanwhile, a statement from the White House asserts the visit "will reaffirm the steadfast and special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom." Trump made his first visit to the UK as president last July—a trip that included an eyebrow-raising interview and a "Trump baby" blimp—though that visit was billed as a "working visit," not a state visit; the latter requires a formal invite from the queen to a head of state, based on the advice of the UK government, per CNN. The president and first lady will head to France for D-Day commemorations immediately after their UK stay. (The last time Trump visited with the queen on her home turf, there was some controversy over arrival times.)

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