And no one is remotely surprised.
Last year saw Donald Trump’s first official visit of the United Kingdom, announcing before he left, ‘I think they like me over there’.
In response, the UK came out in force to say otherwise, holding mass protests in the streets, resulting in the president actually avoiding the English capital and staying at Windsor and Chequers for his official engagements instead.
This year, he’s back, with the Trump family arriving in London en masse yesterday, staying as guests of the Queen, with a full UK tour itinerary ahead of them.
From a state banquet which reportedly failed to receive many RSVPs from politicians to a private lunch with Prince Harry (just days after the ‘nasty’ Meghan Markle comments), the Trumps’ visit has been making headline news.
But today it was a present-giving blunder by the President that got the world talking, with Donald Trump seeming to forget what he had given the Queen the year before.
'Trump was also shown the pewter horse that he’d given the Queen last year in his visit to Windsor,’ tweeted The Sun’s royal reporter, Emily Andrews. ‘He was asked if he recognised it and said “no”! Melania came to his rescue and said “I think we gave that to the Queen”.’
What made the ‘gaffe’ even more embarrassing was the fact that it came alongside a plaque that reads, ‘American Pewter Thoroughbred' Presented to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Donald J. Trump President of the United States of America and Mrs. Melania Trump on the occasion of their visit to the United Kingdom July 13, 2018.'
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