US ambassador hopeful for Trump UK visit

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Media caption Woody Johnson tells Today the US president was not “namby-pamby” about voicing his opinions

The US ambassador to Britain says he expects Donald Trump to visit the UK in the brand new year despite his recent Twitter row with Theresa May.

Woody Johnson told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that the disagreement was “probably misinterpreted”.

Mrs May had said Mr Trump was “wrong” to share videos posted by the far-right group Britain First, prompting an online backlash from the united states president.

Mr Johnson said Mr Trump’s relationship with the UK was still “very very good”.

But Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable said the visit would be “massively opposed in Britain” and a complete state visit should be “absolutely off limits”.

Sir Vince told the BBC Mr Trump had been “openly abusing and insulting our own prime minister. ”

Image caption Liberal Democrat leader, Sir Vince Cable, said a state visit should “off limits”

The US ambassador said Mr Trump had not yet set a date for the visit – which could be scaled back to a working trip, where the president would not meet the Queen.

“Absolutely, I think he will come, ” Mr Johnson told Today.

“It hasn’t been formally announced, but I hope he really does.

“I think from the very very good relationship, ” he or she said.

Speaking of Mrs May’s visit to the Oblong Office in The month of january, he said: “The prime ressortchef (umgangssprachlich) was his first visitor, the very first official foreign leader to visit. inch

There were calls for the reciprocal visit to be abandoned right after Mr Trump retweeted three anti-Muslim videos last month.

When a Downing Street speaker said he had been “wrong” to do so the president hit back again, telling Mrs May to focus on “destructive” terrorism in the UK.

Stella Creasy, the Labour MEGA-PIXEL for Walthamstow, opposes the check out and said British people earned a special relationship that works “both ways”.

“By revealing and promoting videos by The uk First he’s undermined our democratic process and put at risk people within our communities, ” she told Stereo 4.

“He did not listen to our own prime minister who also said this is not acceptable. ”

Previous NFL tycoon Mr Johnson : who has known Mr Trump designed for 35 years – said this individual was “familiar with these kinds of feelings people have” from his history in sport.

This individual accepted there “may be disagreements” over how the president says or even does things, agreeing that Mister Trump was not “namby-pamby” about conveying his views.

“Maybe he’ll ruffle feathers – there is question that maybe some down were ruffled. ”

‘Serious offence’

Mr Johnson, who took up their post in September, responded to responses from Twitter users at the time of the particular row, writing of a “long history” of “speaking frankly” between the ALL OF US and UK.

Friend Christopher Meyer, a former British ambassador to the US, said withdrawing the particular invitation now would give “serious offence” to many people in the States, including people who did not vote for Mr Trump.

“But I think it will be a highly circumscribed visit when it does go ahead, ” he told Today.

The security risks – including the risk of protests and public disorder – will be “very great, ” he added.

“US investment in the UK creates (up to) two million jobs, let’s think about the essentials and not the fisticuffs above the surface, ” Sir Christopher said.