Trump to Visit UK In 2018

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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.”

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