Trump Tells British PM He Won’t Visit U.K. Unless She Bans Protests

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Trump told U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May that he would not visit the country unless she banned protests against him.

President Donald Trump has insisted that Prime Minister Theresa May ban protests against him if she wants him to visit the U.K.

Bloomberg revealed that Trump complained in a phone call to May about the "negative coverage" he has received in the British press.

May told the US president that that was how the UK media operated and she could do little to change it.

At the point, the president informed May he would need a guarantee that protests would not be permitted if he was to visit the country.

Trump's complaints and demands are the latest indicator of the increasingly fractious "special" relationship between the UK and US after Trump pulled out of a visit to Britain.

Trump and May seem to have a somewhat estranged relationship, and May has voiced displeasure with the president's positions on more than one occasion. Notably, she issued a direct rebuke of Trump's retweeting members of the far-right Britain First group last year.

Trump tweeted back: "Theresa May, don't focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine!"

However, Thursday at the World Economic Forum, Trump made an appearance with May where he sought to correct the record on their relationship:

"The prime minister and myself have had a really great relationship, although some people don't necessarily believe that," Trump said. "There's a little bit of a false rumor out there, so I just wanted to correct it, frankly."