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Trump complained to Theresa May about the British press and said he wouldn't visit the U.K. unless he got 'a warm welcome'

Don't count on President Trump touring Buckingham Palace anytime soon.

Bloomberg reported Wednesday on Trump's uneasy relationship with British Prime Minister Theresa May, revealing that Trump warned May last year that he would not visit the U.K. "until she could promise him a warm welcome." Trump had a planned visit to London in February, and hundreds of thousands of protesters were expected to take to the streets for his arrival. He eventually canceled the trip earlier this month over what he claimed was the botched sale of the former U.S. embassy building in London.

But the president was reportedly bothered by how the British press had treated him, and told May as much during a phone call ahead of the February visit. May told Trump that she was powerless to alter the nature of British coverage, Bloomberg says, as "her advisers listened in to the call in astonishment at Trump's demand."

Bloomberg says that British officials "don't expect [Trump] to [visit] any time soon, or perhaps ever." Read more about Trump and May's icy relationship at Bloomberg.