U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel at the White House in Washington, U.S. December 6, 2017- Reuters
LONDON - 12 December 2017: The US ambassador to the UK has said he expects US President Donald Trump to go ahead with a working visit to the UK in the new year, despite a recent Twitter row with Prime Minister Theresa May over the terror threat posed by Muslims in the UK, the Guardian reported Tuesday.
The remarks by Woody Johnson to the BBC’s Today program represent the first official confirmation that the president is expected to visit in early 2018, when Trump may formally open the new American embassy.
A formal state visit – which would include a meeting with the Queen – is not envisaged.
The Queen is likely to be preoccupied with preparations for a Commonwealth summit next year.
Johnson told the BBC the disagreement over Trump’s sharing of videos posted by the far-right group Britain First was "probably misinterpreted".
Johnson, a close friend of the president, said Trump’s relationship with the UK was "very, very good". The president had not yet set a date for the possible visit, he added.