Donald Trump gets a Downing Street invite. Or does he?

Written by Sebastian Whale on 20 May 2016 in Diary
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Republican presidential hopeful said he has been invited to Downing Street - but this is news to David Cameron's advisers.

Who knew that David Cameron had invited Donald Trump to visit Downing Street? Not Team Cameron, it seems.

The real estate mogul told MSNBC he was "thinking about" an offer that had come in this week. However a Downing Street source told Total Politics no such invite had been sent.

It is understood that the prime minister is not yet ready to make such an offer - but he would be would be happy to meet either of the candidates, once nominated, if they came to Britain.

The businessman is expected to be formally announced as the Republican nominee for president at the GOP convention in July.

Speaking to the Morning Joe show, Trump claimed that Cameron had reached out to him this week: "He would like me now to visit 10 Downing Street.

"They put out that invitation about two days ago. I’ll do just fine with David Cameron. I think he’s a nice guy. I’ll do just fine. But they have asked me to visit 10 Downing Street. And I might do it."

If the meeting ever does go ahead, it has the potential to be an awkward affair.

Speaking to ITV on Monday, Trump said he did not expect to have a "good relationship" with Cameron after the PM’s high-profile attack on one of his policies.

Addressing the charges made against him by Cameron, Trump said: "Well, number one, I’m not stupid, OK? I can tell you that right now. Just the opposite. Number two, in terms of divisive, I don’t think I’m a divisive person. I’m a unifier."

The tycoon also suggested he wanted the Tory leader to row back on his comments or apologise: "It looks like we're not going to have a very good relationship. Who knows! I hope to have a good relationship with him but it sounds like he's not willing to address the problem either."

London mayor Sadiq Khan, who has also exchanged barbs with the Republican in recent weeks, has invited Trump to come to the capital so he can “educate” the presidential hopeful about Islam.

Earlier this month George Osborne gave a clear indication of who he is backing to be the next president of the US.

Appearing on ITV's Peston on Sunday, the chancellor quipped: “We look forward to working with whoever the next US President is, whoever she may be."

Hillary Clinton is widely expected to become the Democrat candidate for the White House.

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