Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Queen's speech does not mention Trump's United Kingdom visit

Queen's speech does not mention Trump's United Kingdom visit

The Queen's speech usually mentions any state visits planned for the duration of the parliament, but Wednesday, she said she and Prince Philip "look forward to welcoming their majesties King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain on a state visit in July".

But Foreign Minister Boris Johnson said a Trump state visit would go ahead as planned despite the Queen failing to mention it.

"The formality is that you can not put the date of the president's state visit into the Queen's Speech until it has been actually agreed".

"There's a difference between the status of the Spanish state visit and the visit of President Trump".

There had been a war of words between Trump and London mayor Sadiq Khan earlier this year after a tweet sent by the former in relation to terror attacks in the capital.

Johnson confirmed to Sky News that the visit would go forward, CNN reported. Prime Minister Theresa May invited the U.S. leader after they were pictured holding hands together on the White House lawn in January.

Speculation has been rife in recent weeks that Trump's visit would not go ahead due to the prospect of protests in the United Kingdom, with the billionaire former reality television star reportedly uneasy about planned demonstrations.

Khan's office said he had simply been saying people should not be alarmed by additional police presence on the streets, but Trump accused him of making "pathetic excuses", prompting the mayor to call for the visit to be dropped.

The omission follows media reports that Trump no longer wants to come because of British public opposition to the visit, after a petition to cancel it received more than 1.8 million signatures.

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