Trump Visit to U.K. Not Canceled Despite Far Right Twitter Fight

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President Donald Trump (R) and British Prime Minister Theresa May participate in a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., January 27. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Despite testing the limits of the special relationship the U.S. has with the U.K. by retweeting posts from a British far-right group, President Donald Trump remains on track for a visit Britain.

The strength of sentiment in the U.K. against Trump led to reports in Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper Friday that a possible visit by the president to open the U.S. embassy in London in January 2018 had been dropped.

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However, U.S. diplomatic officials tell Newsweek plans remain unchanged as regards any future visit Trump might make to Britain. Informed sources reported there was never a trip planned in either December or January.

"A state invitation was extended and accepted but no date had been set for the visit and that is still 100 percent true," a spokesman at the U.S. embassy in London also said.

A spokesman from the U.K. prime minister's office said similarly there had been no change to plans and no change in ongoing discussions about a visit by the president to the U.K.

British Prime Minister Theresa May Thursday rebuked the president over his decision to post three anti-Muslim tweets from the fringe group Britain First saying it was "wrong."

.@Theresa_May, don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 30, 2017

Trump later wrote in an tweet that the U.K. leader, with whom he met at the White House in January, should "focus on the destructive radical Islamic terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom." He added for good measure that the U.S. was "doing just fine."

While the British government has sought to stress the importance of diplomatic ties with America, the president's tweets sparked an emergency debate in British parliament Thursday, with lawmakers from across the political spectrum issuing admonishments against him.

Britain's ambassador in Washington, Sir Kim Darroch, has raised concerns with the White House over the president's tweets. Writing on Twitter, he called the rhetoric of the kind espoused by Britain First "prejudiced," adding that British Muslims were peaceful and law abiding citizens.

Trump accepted a state invitation to the U.K. when he met with his British counterpart earlier this year. Even before this unprecedented exchange between the two leaders it appeared more likely Trump would make a less high-profile visit to Britain because of fears of protests. It already seemed unlikely he would make a full state visit, which would include a meeting with the queen, and since the furore over his retweets mayors of several major cities have suggested he should not come at all.