The U.S. ambassador to Britain insisted President Donald Trump would visit despite sharing three propaganda videos promoted by a British neo-Nazi leader.
Woody Johnson, the American ambassador, said Tuesday that Trump would dedicate the new U.S. embassy in London, although it’s not clear what sort of welcome he would meet, reported the New York Times.
Prime Minister Theresa May invited Trump on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II, but the first year of his tumultuous presidency has tested the long alliance between the two English-speaking nations.
May and other British politicians condemned the U.S. president for retweeting three anti-Muslim videos posted by one of the leaders of a small, right-wing extremist party called Britain First.
The White House insisted Trump knew nothing about the party or its leader Jayda Fransen when he shared the inflammatory videos, and Johnson said his intentions were simply misunderstood.
“I think a lot of that stuff was probably misinterpreted,” Johnson told the BBC. “The way I look at it, and the way he looks at this, is security is his number one oath. It’s protecting Americans here and the US.”
That’s basically what White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said about the videos.
“Is he going to be perfect and appeasing everybody?” Johnson said. “He wants to protect Americans and he’s doing his best to do that. He’s not going to go down the path of a lot of politicians and maybe be namby-pamby about it. He’s probably going to take some chances, and an effort to achieve that security goal may be that he’ll ruffle some feathers.”