President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama traveled to the United Kingdom 21-24 April 2016.

President Obama’s London Trip   #ObamaInUK

We followed President Obama on his trip to the UK on this webapge and via Twitter at https://twitter.com/USAinUK  with hashtag #ObamaInUK

Pete Souza, the White House photographer, has compiled a collection of photo highlights during President Obama’s trip to Saudi Arabi, the UK and Germany.

24 April 2016 POTUS is wheels-up! President Obama thanked U.S. service personnel before departing the UK this morning:

POTUS is wheels-up! President Obama thanked U.S. service personnel before departing the UK this morning:

POTUS is wheels-up! President Obama thanked U.S. service personnel before departing the UK this morning:

POTUS is wheels-up! President Obama thanked U.S. service personnel before departing the UK this morning:

23 April 2016 President Obama speaking with young leaders at Lindley Hall in London this morning:

President Obama speaking with young leaders at Lindley Hall in London this morning

President Obama speaking with young leaders at Lindley Hall in London this morning

22 April 2016 President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are at Kensington Palace this evening to meet HRH the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and say hello to Prince Harry:

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are at Kensington Palace this evening to meet HRH the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and say hello to Prince Harry:

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are at Kensington Palace this evening to meet HRH the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and say hello to Prince Harry:

22 April President Obama and UK Prime Minister Cameron brief the press:

President Obama and UK Prime Minister Cameron brief the press:

President Obama and UK Prime Minister Cameron brief the press:

22 April 2016 Remarks by the President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron in Joint Press Conference:

We are so bound together that nothing is going to impact the emotional and cultural and intellectual affinities between our two countries. So I don’t come here, suggesting in any way that that is impacted by a decision that the people of the United Kingdom may make around whether or not they’re members of the European Union. That is there. That’s solid. And that will continue, hopefully, eternally. And the cooperation in all sorts of ways — through NATO, through G7, G20 — all those things will continue.

But, as David said, if one of our best friends is in an organization that enhances their influence and enhances their power and enhances their economy, then I want them to stay in it. Or at least I want to be able to tell them, you know, I think this makes you guys bigger players. I think this helps your economy. I think this helps to create jobs.

And so, ultimately, it’s your decision. But precisely because we’re bound at the hip, I want you to know that before you make your decision.

22 April 2016 President Obama shakes hands with the UK Prime Minister David Cameron outside Number 10 Downing Street in London:

President Obama shakes hands with the UK Prime Minister David Cameron outside Number 10 Downing Street in London, today

President Obama shakes hands with the UK Prime Minister David Cameron outside Number 10 Downing Street in London, today

 

22 April 2016 President Obama and UK Prime Minister David Cameron wave to the press as they meet at Number 10 Downing Street:

President Obama and UK Prime Minister David Cameron wave to the press as they meet at Number 10 Downing Street

President Obama and UK Prime Minister David Cameron wave to the press as they meet at Number 10 Downing Street

21 April 2016  President Obama landed in the UK this evening. Read his op-ed in the Telegraph coinciding with his visit.

21 April 2016 (even later) U.S. Ambassador Matthew Barzun welcomes President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to the UK after they step of Air Force One :

U.S. Ambassador Matthew Barzun welcomes President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to the UK after they step of Air Force One :

U.S. Ambassador Matthew Barzun welcomes President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to the UK after they step of Air Force One :

21 April 2016 (somewhat later)  It’s wheels down for POTUS as he lands in London this evening to begin his visit to the UK

It’s wheels down for POTUS as he lands in London this evening to begin his visit to the UK. #ObamaInUK

It’s wheels down for POTUS as he lands in London this evening to begin his visit to the UK. #ObamaInUK

21 April 2016  Air Force One has landed in London and President Obama has arrived for his visit to the UK!

21 April 2016  Air Force One has landed in London and President Obama has arrived for his visit to the UK

21 April 2016 Air Force One has landed in London and President Obama has arrived for his visit to the UK

21 April 2016 (circa 10pm) Waiting for POTUS at the airport

Waiting for POTUS…”The Beast” is on the ground already!

Waiting for POTUS…”The Beast” is on the ground already!

Waiting for POTUS…”The Beast” is on the ground already!

 

 

Background

As President Obama spoke to the Mother of Parliaments’ at Westminster Hall in London, it was a stark reminder of just closely linked our fates are.

As President Obama spoke to the Mother of Parliaments’ at Westminster Hall in London, it was a stark reminder of just closely linked our fates are.

19 April 2016 Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to the United Kingdom
As part of the President’s upcoming travel to the United Kingdom, First Lady Michelle Obama will join President Obama for a private lunch hosted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle on April 22. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will host the President and First Lady for a private dinner at Kensington Palace that evening.
As previously announced, the President’s visit will also include a bilateral meeting and joint press conference with Prime Minister David Cameron at Number 10 Downing Street. The visit will allow the President to coordinate on today’s most pressing international challenges with one of our closest allies and to offer his gratitude to the British Government and people for their stalwart partnership with his Administration and the American people throughout his Presidency.

14 April 2016 Press Briefing Previewing the President’s Travel to Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, and Germany
The President will be meeting with some of our key allies and partners in the world in both the Gulf and in Europe.  And so it’s a very important chance for him to coordinate our approaches on issues ranging from the counter-ISIL campaign to efforts to promote regional stability in the Middle East, to our support for Ukraine and its sovereignty and territorial integrity, to efforts to promote global economic growth.  So this will have a broad agenda and a very consequential series of engagements in the Gulf and Europe.

On Friday, April 22nd, the President will have a lunch with Queen Elizabeth.  This visit coincides with her 90th birthday.  The President has very much enjoyed his engagements with the Queen over the years.  As a general matter, he felt that in his final year in office it would be very important for him to visit our close ally, the United Kingdom, given our special relationship and all the work that we do together around the world.  So part of that, of course, involves our longstanding relationship with the Queen.  And so he’ll have the chance to have lunch with her at Windsor Castle.

Following the lunch with the Queen, the President will have a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Cameron.  Obviously, we work very closely with the United Kingdom on a host of issues around the world to include the counter-ISIL campaign, counterterrorism efforts, our efforts together in Afghanistan, our efforts, again, to respond to Russian aggression in Ukraine, and our collaboration in terms of promoting global economic growth.  So a broad agenda to discuss with Prime Minister Cameron.  That meeting will be followed, of course, by a joint press conference.

Then on Saturday morning, the President will have a town hall meeting with young people, as he’s done in many different countries around the world, at Lindley Hall in London, where he’ll have the chance to talk about the special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom, the agenda that we share together, and the world, and his vision for the future of the cooperation between our two countries.

 

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama talk with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in the 1844 Room at Buckingham Palace in London, England

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama talk with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in the 1844 Room at Buckingham Palace in London, England

14 April Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, 4/14/16   
Well, the President is going to go because the United States and the United Kingdom have a special relationship, and the President has traveled frequently to the U.K. to cement that relationship and to further deepen our cooperation on a wide range of issues.

And so I would anticipate that while in London, the President will have an opportunity to talk to Prime Minister Cameron about issues like our counter-ISIL campaign, our ongoing efforts to protect both British and American citizens from terrorism.  I’m confident there will be a discussion of the global economy and a range of other issues.
16 March 2016 Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom
“The President will then travel to the United Kingdom, where he will be received by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle for a private lunch.  He also will be hosted by Prime Minister David Cameron at Number 10 Downing Street for a bilateral meeting and joint press conference.  The visit will allow the President to offer his gratitude to the British Government and people for their stalwart partnership with his Administration and the American people throughout his Presidency.”