Rishi Sunak too ‘busy’ to meet Donald Trump during US trip but will sit down with some of billionaire’s biggest critics

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 07: Prime Minister Rishi Sunak speaks to the media in front of Capitol Hill during his visit to Washington DC on June 7, 2023 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Niall Carson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

RISHI Sunak declared himself too busy to meet Donald Trump while in the United States this week.

The Prime Minister will sit down with a number of leading Republicans during his whistle stop visit to Washington DC – but not their likely next candidate for the White House.

Rishi Sunak will meet leading US politicians while in Washington – but has snubbed Donald Trump

GRIMES, IOWA - JUNE 01: Former President Donald Trump greets supporters at a Team Trump volunteer leadership training event held at the Grimes Community Complex on June 01, 2023 in Grimes, Iowa. Trump delivered an unscripted speech to the crowd at the event before taking several questions from his supporters. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)The former President is the frontrunner for the Republican nomination

Despite the ex-President soaring in the polls, Mr Sunak insisted he had a packed schedule and no “need” to see Don.

Pals say such a meeting would have been inappropriate for a visit designed to forge ties with the Biden administration.

Quizzed on the Trump snub, Mr Sunak told reporters: “I’ve got a pretty busy schedule as it is, as no doubt you will see over the next two days.

“But I’m focused on the things that we need to do, which is to see President Biden, see the main Congressional leaders and engage with US businesses as well who are investing billions of pounds into the UK economy.”

But the PM raised eyebrows by instead meeting one of Mr Trump’s most fervent critics: Republic Senator Mitt Romney.

He also sad down with with Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.

The two men met in McCarthy’s office, in front of a fireplace and beside a large electoral poster of former President Abraham Lincoln.

The speaker lauded the “long history,” and shared beliefs shared by the two nations.

“When our bond is stronger the world is safer and democracy grows,” he said.