One of the benefits of being President is you will enjoy some of the best hospitality the world has to offer. State visits are full of pomp and circumstance, especially when those state visits are to Britain.
During state visits the British put their Royal family to good use, entertaining world leaders and their families in the splendour of Buckingham Palace with lavish banquets. Some leaders have even been treated to a more personal visit with the Queen at her private residence in Balmoral, Scotland.
President Donald Trump wanted this, and more. The President wanted to ride in the Queen’s famous golden carriage, with thousands of British subjects flying Union Jacks and Stars and Stripes in his honor. The President wanted to play golf at the Queen’s residence. He wanted to feel like a king.
And, much to our collective delight, none of this will happen.
Today it was revealed that plan’s for Trump’s state visit have been dramatically downgraded from a state visit to a “working visit.”
This means that he won’t get any Royal treatment. In fact, he won’t meet the Queen at all.
British Prime Minister Theresa May’s offer of a state visit soon after Trump was inaugurated was met with threats of huge protests across the country.
Hundreds and thousands of people signed petitions to stop Trump’s visit, and even the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said he was “not sure it is appropriate for our government to roll out the red carpet” for the U.S. President.
However it most likely wasn’t the public outcry, but the Prime Minister’s weak political position that caused the change of plan. The Prime Minister’s political position is currently neither strong, nor stable, after a disastrous general election that saw the Conservatives majority dwindle.
It’s likely that the visit was downgraded to limit the political damage Trump’s visit will inevitably wreak as the President is bound to make an insensitive comment regarding Muslims, terrorism, fake news, or a number of other controversial topics.
There is also the small issue of a minor trade dispute between Britain and the United States after the President dramatically increased the import duty on aircraft manufacturer Bombardier’s products. This threatens 4000 jobs in Belfast, the loss of which would devastate the local community.
Thankfully the British have seen sense and won’t indulge Trump’s royal fantasies, especially since he’s done them no favors so far. The Queen is also probably quite pleased she doesn’t have to pretend to like the orange buffoon.