Trump U.K. Visit Postponed After Twitter Spat With May, British Media Reports

Reports of shelving Trump's trip come the day after he fired back at British Prime Minister Theresa May for criticizing his retweeting of anti-Muslim videos

U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump participate in the National Christmas Tree Lighting and Pageant of Peace ceremony in Washington, D.C. on November 30, 2017.
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American diplomats have postponed U.S. President Donald Trump's visit to Britain next month, the British Telegraph newspaper reported on Friday. The report follows a clash between Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May over Twitter after the U.S. president retweeted videos by a far-right party leader in Britain.

A new date for Trump's trip, the report says, has not been selected.

President Trump was tentatively scheduled for a 'working visit' early in 2018. The original plan for a state visit, including a meeting with the Queen, was scaled back after Trump expressed concern over mass protests at his arrival. Leaders of the two countries have been working to organize a visit for months against the backdrop of criticism of Trump in Britain. 

Trump fired back at May on Thursday over her criticism of his retweeting of anti-Muslim videos, saying she should focus on terrorism in Britain. 

"Theresa @theresamay, 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," Trump tweeted. 

The Twitter handle Trump initially included in his tweet was not that of the British leader. 

Trump retweeted a series of shocking anti-Muslim videos posted by a far-right British politician Wednesday morning, sparking swift and searing responses in the U.K. The videos were first posted by Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of the far-right group Britain First.

Negative responses included one from May's spokesperson, who said "It was wrong for the president to have done this."