Trump is right on schedule for another international embarrassment.
Trump is scheduled for his first state visit to the United Kingdom in more than two years after his inauguration — that is, unless he suffers yet another downgrade or other international humiliation.
Trump will visit from June 3 to 5, with "the full trappings of a state occasion," as CNN noted.
This is notable because Trump has never had an official state visit to America’s closest ally despite an invitation from Queen Elizabeth that was first made in January 2017.
The last time Trump was supposed to have an official state visit to the U.K. in April of 2018, it was downgraded to a mere “working visit” with Prime Minister Theresa May amidst widespread opposition from U.K. citizens to his unpopular presidency.
It was a considerable fall from Trump’s initial hopes and dreams for an international welcome; he once reportedly demanded a gold-plated carriage to take him to Buckingham Palace.
Trump has clashed again and again with the British during his presidency.
Trump’s June 2017 Twitter tirade about London Mayor Sadiq Khan after a terrorist attack drew condemnation from British politicians of all parties and led to calls for the government to cancel his planned visit at the time.
Nearly 2 million signed a petition proposed by several members of Parliament asking the British government not to invite Trump, noting that such an invitation “would cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen.”
Prime Minister May was forced to publicly rebuke Trump in November of 2017 after he used his Twitter account to amplify a racist message from the hate group Britain First.
“I'm very clear that retweeting from Britain First was the wrong thing to do,” May said.
Trump's immediate predecessor, President Barack Obama, was warmly greeted in England. People lined the streets in London to greet him, and he was cheered when visiting a bar in Ireland as part of the visit.
Trump, on the other hand, was welcomed by the Trump Baby blimp.
Trump complained that the blimp, accompanied by thousands of protesters objecting to his 2018 visit, made him feel “unwelcome.” Organizers said the caricature was meant to highlight that “Donald Trump is a big, angry baby with a fragile ego and tiny hands.”
“I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to London,” Trump whined.
Instead of going toe-to-toe with the inflatable baby, Trump avoided London.
Trump’s presidency has been repeatedly marred by disastrous international trips. Now that he’s finally getting his belated U.K. state visit, the stage has been set for even more shambles.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.