President Trump has announced that the White House is now open for tours, but hold, the foreign tourists are excluded. British and Canadian visitors were recently met with resistance when planning their visits to the White House.
The tourists were instructed to contact their embassies in Washington, who in turn contacted the State Department and were told, unless you are a legal citizen of the United States, you will not be allowed to get close to the presidential residence.
The Canadian embassy in Washington then released the following statement: "The US Department of State has advised us that, at present, access for foreign citizens to White House tours as part of an Embassy-sponsored public tour group, is on hold. We are therefore unable to process any requests at this time."
President Trump enthusiastically greeted visitors on the first tour since the White House re-opened to the public on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.
President Trump was met with loud cheers and laughter from the first group of tourists which passed through the building's hallowed halls.
President Trump even summoned one tourist to get up-close-and-personal with him during the first tour.
President Trump then welcomed 10-year-old Jack Cornish of Birmingham, Alabama, to stand with him as he addressed the crowd.
President Trump encouraged young students in the crowd to "work hard" when attempting to achieve their dreams. The day ended in a contrasting sadness as the word began to spread to other countries that tours would no longer be made available. British citizen, Julian Eccles, was hoping to be a second-time tourist to the White House this month but told The Independent that although he was able to make a tour with his eldest son, he would not be able to return with his younger son. Some internet commenters felt that when it comes to foreign student tours, parents should not be kept from accompanying their children.
The nations whose citizens have been rejected from touring the White House include Britain, Australia, Canada, and Denmark.
The State Department will not disclose when the White House will be open to foreign tourists again, but most are hopeful they will be able to enjoy America's capital city by the summer.