President Trump told British Prime Minister Theresa May that does not want to go forward with a planned state visit to the U.K. until the public supports him coming.
According to The Guardian, Trump told May in a recent phone call that he did not want to make the trip if there were going to be large-scale protests.
The source of The Guardian‘s report claims that May was surprised by Trump’s statement.
If he’s waiting for large public support from U.K. citizens, Trump may be waiting a long time. In February, Parliament debated a petition calling for the government to prevent Trump from making his state visit. The petition was signed by more than 1.8 million U.K. citizens.
Parliament responded to the petition by “recognizing the strong views expressed by the many signatories” but ultimately not supporting its sentiment.
“This invitation reflects the importance of the relationship between the United States of America and the United Kingdom,” read Parliament’s response.
It would seem that Trump does not hold the same view.
UPDATE: June 11, 2017, 11:35 a.m. EDT According to the office of Prime Minister Theresa May, there has been no change to Trump’s U.K. visit. “We aren’t going to comment on speculation about the contents of private phone conversations,” a spokesperson from May’s office said. It remains true that a date has not been set for President Trump’s state visit.