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Trump to visit United Kingdom on 'working visit' in early 2018

Trump to visit United Kingdom on 'working visit' in early 2018

Plans are underway for US President Donald Trump to make a long-awaited visit to Britain early next year, but the trip will be downgraded from a state visit and will not include an audience with Queen Elizabeth II, the London Evening Standard said on Wednesday.

The Standard also speculates that the trip will be part of a wider tour, rather than a special visit to emphasise the "special relationship" between the U.S. and UK.

Newest plans for his visit no longer include a meeting with the Queen, a key part of state visits to the United Kingdom from major global leaders. The honour of a state visit is usually reserved for a President's second term, Evening Standard reported.

"Not accurate, we've not yet scheduled anything for next year", Michael Anton, a national security official in the Trump administration, told The Hill when asked about the report.

The prospect of a state visit by the US President - an invitation extended to him by Prime Minister Theresa May just seven days after he took office - has sparked controversy, with London Mayor Sadiq Khan among those opposed to the idea.

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They said a full state visit will follow later at an unspecified date. Her announcement was met threats of massive protests, and the speaker of the House of Commons insisted he would bar Trump from addressing Parliament. "The state visit should never have been offered, and with reports that Trump doesn't want to come if he will face protests, it may well never happen".

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

In July there was speculation that Trump would visit his Scottish golf course and then Downing Street after the G20 summit in Hamburg, as part of a European trip that included a big speech in Warsaw.

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