Trump to postpone London visit until 2018

A White House official said the president will not be visiting London this year.

The official cited a “scheduling conflict” as the reason behind the change, and said the White House has gotten in touch with the British government to iron out plans for a visit in 2018.

Downing Street did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

“We'll work that out. We will be going to London. We'll be going to London,” Trump told reporters.

“There is no country that could possibly be closer than our countries. We have been working on a trade deal which will be a very, very big deal, a very powerful deal, great for both countries and I think we will have that done very, very quickly,” added Trump during his 50-minute session with May.

The confirmed postponement follows a prolonged back-and-forth between the White House and Downing Street amid the increasingly thorny political issues around hosting Trump for a lavish state visit.

Downing Street said only that the invitation, which was given by May on behalf of the Queen, remained unchanged.

“At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is “no reason to be alarmed! “ tweeted Trump.

Trump based his Twitter comment on Khan’s BBC television appearance after the attacks, where Khan said Londoners can expect an increased police presence, and that there would be no “reason to be alarmed” as the “police would make sure they were safe as they could possibly be.”

The mayor’s office dismissed the president’s Twitter post, issuing a statement that Mr. Khan was too busy to reply to the U.S. president.

“He has more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump’s ill-informed tweet that deliberately takes out of context his remarks urging Londoners not to be alarmed when they saw more police — including armed officers — on the streets,” his office said in the statement.

Trump also faced criticism when the Times of London published an article on April 15 indicating that the president had requested a ride with the Queen in the state’s gold-plated carriage during his slated visit to the U.K. in October.

Alexander Mallin and Benjamin Gittleson contributed to this report.