Donald Trump, Melania to visit U.K., France in June D-Day ceremonies; bilateral meetings on docket

April 23, 2019 GMT

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump will visit the United Kingdom and France in June to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day and shore up relations with both countries, the White House said Tuesday.

Mr. Trump will have a bilateral meeting with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, who is steeped in thorny talks over leaving the European Union, during the first leg from June 3 to 5.

The president and Mrs. Trump will also attend a D-Day ceremony in Portsmouth, the southern coastal city that served as a critical launching site for the Allied landing at Normandy, France.


White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the U.K. trip is at the invitation of Queen Elizabeth II.

Mr. Trump visited the U.K. in mid-2018. He met with the queen and held talks with Mrs. May, although his visit was marked by protests and a “baby Trump” blimp that hovered over Parliament Square.

The president also visited his Turnberry golf course in Scotland during that trip.

This round, the president and first lady will head to France on June 6, observing the D-Day anniversary at the Normandy American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer.

Mr. Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron will participate in a bilateral meeting “to reinforce continued close cooperation on our shared economic and security interests,” Mrs. Sanders said.

Mr. Macron tried early in his presidency to develop a bond with Mr. Trump. He hosted him at a Bastille Day military parade, seemingly prompting the U.S. president to want to stage his own military show in Washington.

Their relationship has been rocky at times since then, due in part to Mr. Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate deal and his recent push to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria.

Last week, Mr. Trump called Mr. Macron and offered U.S. assistance in helping France rebuild the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, which suffered major damage in a fire April 15.