The White House announced this week that President Trump together with the first lady are scheduled to visit the United Kingdom and France in June when the president will attend a bilateral meeting with UK Prime Minister, Theresa May. Also, they will be attending the commemorating D-Day ceremony in Portsmouth, the southern coastal city that was the critical launching site for the Allied landing at Normandy, France.
The ceremony will take place before going to France on June 6 in order to participate in another ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery and meet with French President Emmanuel Macron.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the UK trip is at the invitation of Queen Elizabeth II. President Trump also visited the UK last summer when he met with the Queen and held talks with Mrs. May amid protests. The trip was announced by the White House in a press statement saying:
“President Donald J.Trump and First Lady Melania Trump accepted the invitation of Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to visit the United Kingdom from June 3 to 5, 2019. This state visit will reaffirm the steadfast and special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom.”
Trump has visited both countries before but not on a state visit, and his relationship with May has mainly been positive, even though he has publicly criticized the way she handled Britain’s departure from the European Union. On the other hand, his relationship with President Macron hit a high last year when Macron visited the White House and was warmly embraced by the US president, however, Trump could not hold back his criticism of the French defense spending.