Private conversations between President Trump and UK Prime Minister Theresa May about his visit to the UK have been reportedly leaked to The Sun.
Senior diplomatic officials were treated to transcripts of the conversation, which features a plea from Trump to May for a ‘warm welcome’ in the UK.
“I haven’t had great coverage out there lately, Theresa,” Trump says.
She replies awkwardly: “Well, you know what the British press are like.”
Trump canceled his trip to the UK back in June, amidst negative press he received for ripping London Mayor Saadiq Khan following the terror attacks on the London bridge.
In the conversation, Trump allegedly maintains he is in no hurry to visit, and implored Theresa May to make the eventual trip easier.
He replies: “I still want to come, but I’m in no rush. So, if you can fix it for me, it would make things a lot easier. When I know I’m going to get a better reception I’ll come, and not before.”
Sources familiar with the situation are skeptical about May’s ability to temper the British media, saying the UK “isn’t North Korea.”
According to The Sun, a source familiar with the conversation said: “He seemed to think the PM would be able to smooth the path for him to get a warm welcome. But she tried to explain she has no power to dictate how newspapers and media might decide to cover his visit. After all, we are not North Korea. He said he would not agree to a date until people support him coming.”
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