President Donald Trump reportedly wants a gold-plated carriage ride with Queen Elizabeth II for his U.K. state visit scheduled in October.
Now, obviously, anyone with a brain can understand how risky this is, except for the media mogul who has reportedly requested a ride with the queen despite the massive security nightmare that will accompany any such plan.
The carriage is not grenade proof.
A security source told London Times, “[the carriage] would not be able to put up much resistance in the face of a rocket propelled grenade or high-powered ammunition,” explaining that a massive crowd was expected to protest Trump’s visit.
“Armor-piercing rounds would make a very bad show of things,” the source added.
Even though Trump’s predecessor, former President Obama, opted for a less glamorous ride, the pompous commander-in-chief does not plan to back down, despite security threats. The White House regards the carriage procession to Buckingham Palace as an important aspect for Trump’s state visit to London.
In 2011, Barack Obama traveled to the palace in a bullet- and bomb-proof car saving security costs and troubles to its friendly alley. According to reports, Trump’s visit’s security costs may top £7 million.
However, the tradition of world leaders riding along the Mall from the Royal Mews to Buckingham Palace is not new or unusual.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Chinese President Xi Jinping all have opted for such carriage rides during their state visits in the past.
In 2015, Xi used a closed carriage that armor-plated. Nieto also took a ride in queen’s carriage covered with gold in the same year.
But with this POTUS, the situation is different. Nearly 2 million British people signed a petition (which required only 100,000 signatures to prompt a Parliament debate) calling on the British government to block Trump’s visit, defining his visit as an “embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen.”
There is no confirmation as of yet whether Trump’s request will be fulfilled or not.
People on social media have different reactions to Trump’s golden ride request.
Trump wants to ride in the Queen's gold-plated carriage down the Mall in London, because of course he does. It's gold! It's shiny! He wants! pic.twitter.com/rhJTnulsvt— Jane Carnall (@EyeEdinburgh) April 15, 2017
While enjoying the spoils of stealing an election, The Trump Royal Crime Family requests a gold-plated carriage ride with the Royal Family. https://t.co/uRSrPoULCD— UNITE & FIGHT (@stopthenutjob) April 15, 2017
Trump (12 years child) demands to ride in Queen's gold-plated carriage during UK state visit. pic.twitter.com/Gcqj94b43I— Ali Foroughi (@alforoughi) April 17, 2017
Princess Trump demands a ride in a golden carriage. 😅👑 https://t.co/jQdE84B3PE— mōn mon (@monazzilla) April 17, 2017
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