Trump To Make Downgraded Visit To Britain In Early 2018

Trump To Make Downgraded Visit To Britain In Early 2018

So far Mr Trump has visited countries including France, Germany, Belgium and The Vatican, meeting world leaders including the Pope.

"He will not stay at Buckingham Palace".

He is due to make a "working visit" which wouldn't feature the pageantry, or a stay with the Queen, that a state visit would include.

A full-blown State Visit would then be planned, possibly for later in the year.

A spokesperson for British Prime Minister Theresa May said Trump had accepted an invite for a state visit, but that her office was not aware of any discussions relating to a separate working visit.

The full state visit has been put on hold.

May's offer of a State Visit, an honour usually reserved for U.S. presidents in their second term, sparked mass protests and a petition calling for its cancellation.

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Downing Street declined to comment on the trip and said its position on the state visit had not changed.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan was also among vocal opponents of the state visit, saying he was not sure it was appropriate for the United Kingdom government to "roll out the red carpet" for Trump in the wake of his USA travel ban on citizens of some Muslim- majority countries.

More than 1.8 million British citizens signed a petition against the plans, with House of Commons Speaker John Bercow taking the unprecedented step of making his views known that he would not be in favour of Trump addressing the UK Parliament during the visit.

In January the Women's March saw over 100,000 protest in London.

The first real clue that the planned State Visit would not be going ahead in 2017 came in the Queen's Speech in June.

The honour of a state visit is usually reserved for a President's second term, Evening Standard reported.