If Donald Trump believes His Holiness to Queen Elizabeth has posted on his website Truth Social and daily Mail in the following days her death He will secure an invitation to her funeral, he will be disappointed.
Because it was revealed that Trump, who is believed to have been seeking an invitation, will not receive an invitation to attend the Queen’s funeral on Monday next week in London.
Contrary to tradition, past US presidents will not be invited to the funeral. Instead, the honor will only be awarded to current heads of state, and their spouses or partners, apparently due to the pressure on space.
It was revealed in a report by Politicobased on documents they’ve seen and circulated to embassies and ambassadors as long-standing arrangements for the Queen’s death, codenamed Operation London Bridge, are swinging into action.
The Times of London mentionedQuestions were raised in the United States about whether Donald Trump would be invited but British sources cautioned against the idea that he could accompany the American delegation and said there would be no place for Biden’s predecessors.
CBS News reported Monday that President Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, will be the only official representatives of the United States at the funeral. “There will be no delegation because we only have two seats for the funeral,” said a senior official CBS White House Correspondent and Political Correspondent Ed O’Keefe told.
Before shrugging off Trump, advisers had hoped President Biden’s delegation would invite Trump.
Biden should include Trump, similar to Obama [was] One of Trump’s top advisers told The Daily Beast, noting how world leaders were invited to the former South African president’s funeral. “without thinking.”
Trump’s own adviser added that the former president had “deep respect”, “admiration” and “fascination” with the Queen.
A Trump spokesman did not immediately respond to the Daily Beast’s request for comment Monday morning.
Guidance from the UK Foreign Office states that “due to space constraints at state funerals and associated events, no other members of the Director’s family, staff or entourage may be admitted”.
Trump was seen by some as making an obvious offer for an invite when he wrote on the Truth Social that meeting the Queen was “the most extraordinary honor of my life.”
After his death, Trump added: “God bless our hearts, may God control our hearts forever, and may God and Prince Philip take care of her.”
And on Friday evening, the former president posted on the Truth Social a series of nine photos of the two of them together, mostly from his trip during his administration.
Trump has repeatedly boasted about his relationship with the Queen, saying that they “were fantastically fine” when they met when he was president, and that the scheduled 15-minute meeting organically extended into an hour due to the quality of their personal interaction.
The Times of London Reports said the White House surprised the palace when Biden told reporters about his plan to attend the event, and that “Australia and New Zealand are engaging in soft diplomacy to bring Pacific leaders to London for the funeral.”
Foreign dignitaries were also asked to travel by commercial plane to the UK, to avoid using helicopters, and were told they would be required to get to the venue, Westminster Abbey, by shuttle bus instead of their government vehicles.
The official document states that “multiple and comprehensive levels of security will be in place throughout London and in all official venues used for state funerals and associated events”.
Politico quoted a WhatsApp message from a foreign ambassador based in London saying, “Can you imagine Joe Biden on the bus?”
On Monday, as the headlines spread, the British and US governments subsequently sought to respond to the “Biden on the bus” narrative. A spokeswoman for the British Prime Minister, Liz Truss, told guardian “Arrangements for different commanders will differ,” the newspaper said, and was told by US sources that the White House had received a different version of the document than the leaked one.
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