Trump Skips Hosting State Visit In First Year In Office

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President Donald Trump will become the first president in nearly a century to not welcome a single foreign country for an official state visit during his first year in office.

A state visit is offered as a sign of friendship and -- at times -- to demonstrate strategic bonds between two countries, according to Anita McBride, who has severed in three Republican administrations, PBS reported.

"The White House is the world stage to elevate that," McBride told PBS. "These occasions really go a long way to solidify and strengthen relationships."

Trump recently downplayed the importance of state dinners during the 2016 presidential race, and even blasted former President Barack Obama for welcoming Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2015 for a state visit.

"I would not be throwing (Xi) a dinner," then-candidate Trump said. "I would get him a McDonald’s hamburger and say we’ve got to get down to work."

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Now it appears Trump will become the first U.S. president since Calvin Coolidge in the 1920s to end his first year in office without inviting a foreign leader for a state visit.

Coolidge became president in 1923 after former President Warren G. Harding suddenly passed away. He was then elected to a full term in 1924, and didn't host a state dinner until October of 1926. His honorary guest was Queen Marie of Romania, according to the White House association, PBS reports.

Since then, every U.S. president has hosted at least one state visit during their first year occupying the Oval Office.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said there is no "singular reason" why Trump has not hosted a foreign leader for an official state visit as of yet. She added that the White House is hoping to schedule one in early 2018, but gave no hints as to which foreign countries are being considered.

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While Trump hasn't hosted a foreign leader for an official state visit yet, he did meet with Xi at his Mar-a-Lago Florida estate in April. Trump treated Xi to a full dinner, in addition to what he described as the "the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake."

"President Xi was enjoying it," Trump said at the time, despite previously stating that he would give the Chinese president a hamburger from McDonald's.

Trump was invited by French President Emmanuel Macron to the Bastille Day parade earlier this year, and has also been invited for a state visit by Queen Elizabeth II.

Sanders said details on Trump's first state visit should be coming soon.

Meanwhile, Trump has been working overtime on social media to discredit the mainstream media.

"The Fake News refuses to talk about how Big and how Strong our BASE is. They show Fake Polls just like they report Fake News," Trump tweeted on Christmas Eve. "Despite only negative reporting, we are doing well - nobody is going to beat us. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!"

Sources: PBS, Donald J. Trump/Twitter / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Gage Skidmore/Flickr, Pexels

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