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Is Queen Elizabeth II Planning To Snub President Trump During His Visit Next Year?
President Donald Trump is slated to visit the United Kingdom early in 2018. But it won’t be an official “state” visit, the Evening Standard reports.
That’s because Queen Elizabeth II has made no official plans to meet with President Trump. The Queen is officially the head of state within the United Kingdom, and of several Commonwealth nations as well, including Canada, technically.
The Evening Standard is reporting that Trump’s time in the UK will be labeled a “working visit,” emphasizing diplomatic relations between the two nations while officially not meeting with the Queen.
That should be considered a huge snub to Trump. Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush both met with the Queen when they visited the UK. Bill Clinton similarly met with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.
Those visits by other presidents, however, came during their second terms in office. Invitations to sitting presidents typically follow that precedent, but Prime Minister Theresa May violated that custom when she attempted to push for a state visit from Trump earlier this year.
Still, that the Queen has determined she won’t meet with Trump is something the president shouldn’t take lightly. The U.S. and Britain have had a storied history of support for one another, especially in the years since World War II ended. The two nations have had each others’ backs since then — indeed, when our nation made the regrettable decision to invade Iraq, Prime Minister Tony Blair pushed for his nation to send troops there as well.
But with Trump, things are different. His blatantly offensive rhetorical style, his hawkish take on foreign policy matters, and his stubbornness to call out bigotry are an embarrassment to our nation — and it’s clearly reflecting poorly on the international stage as well, including with our allies.
If Trump wants to seek an audience with the Queen, he should first acknowledge that presidents rarely, if ever, do so during their first term in office. He should also work to smooth out his rough edges, including governing in a way that involves the interests of Americans in all walks of life, and not just those who are wealthy or in positions of privilege.
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