Former President Donald Trump said it was “very disrespectful” of President Joe Biden to decline Britain’s invitation to attend Charles III’s Coronation this week.
King Charles III will be crowned in a lavish ceremony this weekend, but Biden will remain in the United States. Last month, the White House revealed Biden declined an invitation to attend the Coronation, which is scheduled for May 6. The White House cited that a sitting U.S. President has never attended the Coronation of a British monarch as the reason it rejected the invitation.
However, Trump claimed Biden’s decision was a snub in an interview with Nigel Garage, a British political commentator.
The former President shared his belief that Biden couldn’t attend the Coronation “physically,” saying the President couldn’t visit Britain because it would be “hard for him to do it physically.”
Trump continued that Biden “should be” in Britain since he is the “representative of our country,” adding that he was “very surprised” to hear Biden wouldn’t be in the Coronation.
The former President then declared that Biden’s decision not to attend the Coronation was “disrespectful.”
Although Biden will not attend the Coronation, he has accepted a “special invitation” from King Charles for a state visit. However, the date of the visit has not been scheduled.
First Lady Jill Biden will stand in for her husband, representing the United States at King Charles’ Coronation.
On Saturday, Charles and his wife Camilla will be crowned in Westminster Abbey; Buckingham Palace announced the date in October.