Donald Trump 'demanded to stay at Buckingham Palace in state visit' to get same treatment as Obama

DONALD Trump demanded to stay at Buckingham Palace during a state visit to get the same treatment as Barack Obama, according to reports. 

The Royal household was under renovation during the American President’s visit in June 2019 – but White House aides insisted it was “critically important” that Trump was allowed to stay in the palace.

Trump was handed the invitation for a formal state visit to the UK in January 2017, just days after officially becoming President. 

Sources told the Daily Telegraph that Trump wanted the same treatment as his predecessor Barack Obama – who had stayed overnight at the palace with wife Michelle during a state visit in 2003.  

According to the source, White House advisors feared a “hissy fit” if Trump thought he was getting less than Mr Obama. 

Advisors even compiled a spreadsheet listing the exact details of former US presidents who had been offered state visits, including Obama and George W Bush.

But the palace was undergoing extensive renovation at the time of Trump’s visit in June 2019 – with even royal household members moved out.


Despite large swathes of the building being closed off, the President reportedly demanded a stay. 

It led Downing Street aides to request a breakdown of refurbishment plans to see if Trump could be squeezed in – but the request went nowhere. 

One UK official told the Telegraph: “It was very, very clear Trump loved the Queen.

“He wanted to spend as much time as possible with the Queen and to stay at Buckingham Palace.”

They added: “We went to the point of saying to the palace, 'Can you tell us which rooms are undergoing refurbishment?' It was properly looked into. 

“The last thing we wanted was a snub story coming out. But it couldn't work.”

The document contained details of the duration of each presidential visit, whether there was a parade and what dinner was served. 

When outlining security fears over putting Mr Trump in crowds, the source added: “He would blame the UK government. 

“He'd engage in a really nasty way, in a way that would end up blowing the entire relationship.

“You've seen him have a hissy fit with Justin Trudeau [the Canadian prime minister] and other leaders.”

Mr Trump has had a tense relationship with the Canadian Prime minister during his presidency.

Fresh details of the animosity between the two leaders emerged in a recent book by former US national security adviser John Bolton, in which it is alleged that Trump told aides to "attack" the Prime Minister after he expressed frustration over US tariffs.

Mr Bolton wrote in 'The Room Where It Happened': "Trump’s direction [to senior economic adviser Larry Kudlow] was clear: just go after Trudeau. Don’t knock the others. Trudeau’s a ‘behind-your-back guy'".

And in July, Trudeau declined an invitation to the White House to celebrate a new NAFTA (North American Free Trade Association) deal.

It comes as the President is facing criticism domestically over reports that he mocked American soldiers killed in action as "losers" and "suckers".

Responding to the claims, Trump insisted that "nobody feels more strongly" about veterans than him as he slammed the "hoax" claims.

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