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DON­ALD Trump’s State visit to Bri­tain will not take place this year, it is un­der­stood.

Amid re­ports that the visit could take place next year, Num­ber 10 sources said no date has been fixed, but of­fi­cials are be­lieved to be look­ing at a date in 2018.

Theresa May in­vited the con­tro­ver­sial U.S. pres­i­dent on a State visit to the UK shortly af­ter he took of­fice, but spec­u­la­tion that it may have been put on hold was fu­elled by its ab­sence from last month’s Queen’s Speech.

Re­ports sug­gested Mr Trump wants the meet­ing de­layed un­til it can take place with­out protests, although these claims were de­nied by the White House.

Fresh spec­u­la­tion about the state visit comes af­ter the Prime Min­is­ter and Mr Trump held talks on the mar­gins of last week’s G20 sum­mit in Ham­burg.

Af­ter the meet­ing, the pres­i­dent said he be­lieved Bri­tain and the U.S. could strike a “very pow­er­ful” post-Brexit free trade deal “very, very quickly”, and hailed the “very spe­cial re­la­tion­ship” he’d de­vel­oped with Mrs May.

Bri­tish min­is­ters were braced for a fly­ing visit last week as Trump might have dropped in on one of his Scot­tish golf cour­ses.

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