The US ambassador to Britain has said that he expects US President Donald Trump to visit the United Kingdom next year.
Despite the recent row of the President with British Prime Minister Theresa May regarding the sharing of Trump of far-right anti-Muslim videos, Woody Johnson informed the Today programme of BBC Radio 4 that he “absolutely” believes that Donald Trump will come to Britain in the new year.
A former NFL tycoon, Johnson also insisted that the relationship of America with the United Kingdom was “very, very good” and that the disagreement that transpired in November was “probably misinterpreted.”
“Absolutely, I think he will come”, said Johnson. “It hasn’t been officially announced but I hope he does.”
He admitted that Trump had not yet scheduled a date for the said visit. However, he pointed out that an invitation from the Queen had already been issued, and Trump had accepted.
“I think this President will handle it in his own unique way,” added Johnson. “I think the British people should know that security and prosperity, as well as shared prosperity and shared security, are utmost in his mind.”
Defending the retweeting of the billionaire of the violent videos that were posted on Twitter by Jayda Fransen, Britain First’s deputy leader, Johnson said that the President just wanted to “protect Americans” and that he was doing “his best to do that.”
“He’s not going to go down the path of a lot of politicians and maybe be namby-pamby about it,” added Johnson.
“He’s going to come out, he’s probably going to take some chances, and maybe he’ll ruffle feathers.”
The ambassador insisted that the relationship between both countries was still strong, citing the fact that PM May was the first foreign leader to pay a visit to the White House under the new administration and that Trump “had made a point of bringing the bust of Winston Churchill into the Oval Office.”
There has been pressure on PM May to cancel a planned state visit for Trump following her criticism of the tweeting of the President.
At the time, She said that Trump had been “wrong” to post the videos. However, she refused to withdraw the said invitation.
Trump struck back, telling the Prime Minister: “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!”