LONDON — U.K. business leaders have been invited to dine with U.S President Donald Trump during his trip to Britain next week.
The Financial Times reported on Thursday that Prime Minister Theresa May would be hosting the dinner. The location of the dinner has not been disclosed to invitees for security reasons, according to one source quoted in the article.
Other unnamed sources even expressed doubts as to whether the get-together will actually take place.
Nevertheless, top bankers — including Barclays Jes Staley, Goldman Sachs Richard Gnodde, as well as business executives like GlaxoSmithKlines CEO Emma Walmsley and Ernst&Youngs Chairman for the U.K. Stave Varley — have received invitations, according to the report.
But several guests turned down the invitations, with “some citing prior commitments,” the FT said, though Martha Lane Fox, the co-founder of travel website Lastminute.com, bluntly admitted: “I understand why the government have to entertain Trump, but I certainly dont want to.”
No. 10 Downing Street declined to comment on the report, saying they are not discussing President Trumps visit at this stage.
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