Donald Trump has announced he's visiting the UK on Friday 13th, and the reactions are hilarious
It would be fair to say that since his Inauguration as president, Donald Trump has been a fairly divisive figure. The president's stance on trans rights, immigration and America's use of nuclear weapons has baffled many people but has also left his supporters enamoured with his firm opinions and the fact that he is attempting to deliver on his promises - something which cannot be said for a lot of politicians.
However, while Trump retains his supporters in large parts of America, the same cannot be said of his reputation in the UK. Trump was due to visit the UK back in February of this year, however, he cancelled the visit just a month before it was scheduled, citing the fact that he wasn't a fan of the new US embassy that he was due to open.
Taking to his Twitter account, the president said he was not a "big fan" of the embassy moving from Mayfair to South London. Trump blamed Barack Obama's administration for a "bad deal", despite the fact that the move was reportedly agreed under George W Bush.
"Reason I canceled my trip to London is that I am not a big fan of the Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for “peanuts,” only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars. Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!" He wrote.
However, not many people were buying Trump's reasoning, with Mayor of London Sadiq Khan saying that Trump had "got the messages" that a lot of Londoners were staunchly opposed to the president and his policies. At the time of the cancellation, the BBC reported that the possibility of protests in London would have also been a key factor in Trump's decision.
Despite the controversy, a spokesperson for Downing Street said that the "strong and deep" partnership between to two countries "will endure" and, if today's statement from The White House is anything to go by, they seem to have made good on that promise.
The White House has confirmed that President Donald Trump is due to visit the UK on Friday, July 13. The trip is expected to be a working visit and will include talks with UK Prime Minister Theresa May.
It will not be the full state visit that Trump was promised when May visited Washington last year, meaning that he won't be honoured with a banquet at Buckingham Palace or have a carriage procession up the Mall.
Since the news broke and given that his visit falls on Friday the 13th, UK Twitter has understandably cracked the same joke repeatedly.
The date of Trump's visit does seem a bit like a PR blunder, but I'm sure it's the last of his worries. Given that Trump will be visiting London - a city where he hugely divides opinion - he can expect a pretty hostile welcome on the capital's streets. It will certainly make for interesting viewing.