Donald Trump to visit Britain, will open new embassy: Report

Donald Trump to visit Britain, will open new embassy: Report

LONDON - US President Donald Trump will travel to Britain in the new year to meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May and open the doors to a new American embassy in London, according to a report.

Trump, whose visit is penciled in for late February, will not meet Queen Elizabeth, according to The Daily Mail.

The paper cited a source in Westminster as saying that Trump had informed May of his “working visit” to London during a call on Tuesday.

In addition to holding talks with the British premier, Trump will use his trip to open the new US embassy in London.

The Mail earlier this month reported that Trump planned to attend the opening of the £750-million American embassy.

The new embassy will house its own contingent of US Marines and has a moat, toughened glass capable of withstanding a rocket-propelled grenade.

James Timberlake, the building's architect, has described it as “the safest building in Britain."

A general view of the exterior of the new United States Embassy building is pictured during a press preview in central London on December 13, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

This comes months after May offered Trump a state visit by the end of 2017 when they met at the White House after his inauguration in January.

The president will visit Britain despite a series of public clashes with May, including a major one last month when she condemned his decision to re-tweet anti-Muslim videos from far-right group Britain First.

May’s spokesman responded to Trump then, saying, “it is wrong” for the US president to re-tweet the inflammatory videos.

The prime minister also criticized Trump after he announced that Washington planned to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel's capital.

On December 6, Trump made the controversial announcement in a speech at the White House, saying his administration would also begin the process of moving the American embassy in Tel Aviv to the holy city, which is expected to take years.

May joined the global outcry, saying the decision was "unhelpful" and that she intended to speak to Trump about it.