Trump to Visit UK In 2018
LONDON (Dispatches) - Donald Trump is set to visit the UK in early 2018 - but for a ‘stripped-down’ trip that won’t involve taking tea with the Queen.
Fears of mass protests have led diplomats to discuss downgrading the US President’s plans from a full-blown State Visit, according to the London Evening Standard.
Instead of receiving a Royal reception at Buckingham Palace, the revised program would see Trump embark on a “working” trip as part of a tour of other European states.
Theresa May tried to underline her close relations with the US President in January, when she invited him to stage a State Visit as guest of the Queen.
The trip had been expected this summer, but the snap election as well as growing controversy over Trump’s foreign policy have led to a rethink. The newly stripped-down visit is expected to focus on global security issues. Trump may be allowed cut the ribbon on the brand new US embassy which is close to completion at Nine Elms, near Battersea Power Station.
But he will not sleep at Buckingham Palace as the guest of the Queen, probably staying at the residence of the new U.S. ambassador Woody Johnson instead.
A source close to Sadiq Khan confirmed to Huff-Post UK that the Mayor of London, who led criticism of the State Visit invitation, “would not object” to a working visit.
The Foreign Office said a State Visit, which is seen by MPs as being on indefinite hold, would go ahead at some stage.
“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.”