Donald Trump will visit UK in 2018

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  • Trump was originally invited to come to UK this summer by PM Theresa May
  • But the idea was put on hold after a backlash sparked fears of major protests
  • It has now emerged the president will make a 'working visit' to Britain next year

By Richard Spillett for MailOnline

Published: 06:31 EDT, 11 October 2017 | Updated: 07:46 EDT, 11 October 2017

Donald Trump will visit Britain early next year but it will not be a State Visit and he will not stay with the Queen, it emerged today.

The US President was originally invited to the UK by Theresa May seven days after his inauguration in January - sparking a backlash from his critics in Britain.

That plan was then put on hold this summer after Mr Trump reportedly spoke to Mrs May on the phone and said he didn't want his trip marred by protests. 

It was reported today that diplomats are now arranging a lower-key 'working visit' for the president, which will be part of a tour he will make of a number of countries.  

Donald Trump will come to Britain next year but will not be given the pomp and ceremony of an official State Visit, it emerged today
Donald Trump will come to Britain next year but will not be given the pomp and ceremony of an official State Visit, it emerged today

Donald Trump will come to Britain next year but will not be given the pomp and ceremony of an official State Visit, it emerged today

The visit will not include a stay with the Queen like Barack Obama enjoyed in 2011. A full State Visit is to be planned for Mr Trump after his 'working visit'
The visit will not include a stay with the Queen like Barack Obama enjoyed in 2011. A full State Visit is to be planned for Mr Trump after his 'working visit'

The visit will not include a stay with the Queen like Barack Obama enjoyed in 2011. A full State Visit is to be planned for Mr Trump after his 'working visit'

Trump will not stay at Buckingham Palace with the Queen and will likely sleep at the residence of recently-appointed US ambassador Woody Johnson, The Evening Standard reported.

The visit may be timed to coincide with the opening of the new US embassy near Battersea Power station, sources said.

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

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

A government spokesman said: 'Our position on the State Visit has not changed – an offer has been extended and President Trump has accepted.

'Exact dates for President Trump to visit have not yet been arranged.'

Mr Trump and his wife Melania have dined with French president Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte at the Eiffel Tower since he was elected in the US
Mr Trump and his wife Melania have dined with French president Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte at the Eiffel Tower since he was elected in the US

Mr Trump and his wife Melania have dined with French president Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte at the Eiffel Tower since he was elected in the US

Mr Trump has also held talks with German premier Angel Merkel during a visit to Hamburt 
Mr Trump has also held talks with German premier Angel Merkel during a visit to Hamburt 

Mr Trump has also held talks with German premier Angel Merkel during a visit to Hamburt 

 

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