President Trump's British trip 'downgraded from state visit in face of opposition'

President Trump's British trip 'downgraded from state visit in face of opposition'

President Trump's British trip 'downgraded from state visit in face of opposition'

Donald Trump will visit the United Kingdom in early 2018 but not as a state visit and he will not meet the Queen, reports claim.

London's mayor Sadiq Khan said he was "not sure it is appropriate for our government to roll out the red carpet" for Trump, but was reported to be open to a working visit. If Trump's trip is a working visit, he will likely stay at the USA ambassador's residence, according to the Standard.

While British and U.S. sources told the Evening Standard that the full state visit would still go ahead at some point, the stripped down version, which was expected to be far less controversial than a royal welcome, would take place in early 2018.

Downing Street insisted it was unaware of any change of plans, however, and officials said the intention was for Mr Trump to stay with the Queen.

British Prime Minister Theresa May stirred up anger in Parliament when she earlier this year tried to arrange a state visit for Trump in the summer.

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The visit will not include a stay with the Queen like Barack Obama enjoyed in 2011.

Hundreds of thousands of people had signed a petition against the plan.

However the speculation came to nothing.

The move would avoid the controversy surrounding Mr Trump's state visit, which was offered by Theresa May within days of his inauguration but is yet to take place. This was still the position on Wednesday.

Jeremy Shapiro claimed Trump was "exploiting" Britain's romantic view of the special relationship to get a post-Brexit trading deal that benefited America.

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