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Donald Trump won't be state guest as United Kingdom visit downgraded

Donald Trump won't be state guest as United Kingdom visit downgraded

Donald Trump is set to visit the United Kingdom in early 2018 - but for a "stripped-down" trip that won't involve taking tea with the Queen.

Rather than "a red-carpet event to showcase the special relationship" between the two countries, the visit is likely to form part of a tour of several European capitals by the USA president, said the newspaper, which is edited by May's former cabinet colleague, George Osborne.

However he will not sleep at Buckingham Palace as the guest of the Queen, and there will not be a glitzy banquet in his honour.

The US president will make a political rather than state visit early in the year in a move created to neutralise opposition, according to the Evening Standard.

"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.

Mrs May invited the President for a state visit days after he took office in a bid to build closer relations with the U.S. in the aftermath of Brexit.

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MPs from across the political aisle criticised the invitation at the time and John Bercow, the Commons Speaker, announced he would oppose an address to Parliament.

The Guardian newspaper reported in June that Trump's state visit had been postponed indefinitely after he told May during a phone conversation that he did not want to come if there were going to be large-scale protests.

They said a full state visit will follow later at an unspecified date.

A Downing Street spokesman said: 'Our position on the state visit has not changed - an offer has been extended and president Trump has accepted.

Since then the visit has been quietly put on the backburner.

"Exact dates for President Trump to visit have not yet been arranged", she said. But if a meeting with the Queen is the only card Theresa May has to play when trading with Trump, we are in for a long Brexit winter.


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