Donald Trump has had a chaotic beginning as the new US President, but now it has begun to impact British tourists who visit Washington DC and hope to view the White House.
The President along with First Lady Melania Trump just announced in a joint conference that they will allow the resumption of tours from the public into their new home. After security screening, visitors are now allowed to take 45-minutes in the famous home through a self-guided tour.
According to a statements officially released by the White House, visitors hailing from the UK or anywhere else can apply to visit certain places: “If you wish to visit the White House and are a citizen of a foreign country, please contact your embassy in Washington, DC for assistance in submitting a tour request.”
However the British Embassy located in the United States’ capital immediately repudiated the president’s announcement, referring to the State Department:
“The White House website states that foreign nationals interested in touring the White House should contact their Embassy to arrange a tour.”
“However, the Embassy has been advised by the US Department of State that this is on hold.”
“We are therefore unable to process any applications at this time.”
One father from London, a man named Julian Eccles, previously visited the US White House while Obama was president with his oldest son back in 2009, and expressed his disappointment at being unable to repeat the incredible experience with his other, younger son this year: “There seems to be a rupture in White House-State Department relations here,” he stated.
“Perhaps I should call Nigel Farage.”
Travelers from the UK are still able to visit the Capital Building, which houses the House of Representatives and Senate without this much of a fuss.
They are also able to book a different tour of the US Pentagon, although they are being advised to use the British Embassy in the US’ address rather than their own home address.