Trump plans working visit to the United Kingdom in early 2018

Aaron Brown
October 12, 2017

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.

While British and U.S. sources told the Evening Standard that the full state visit would still go ahead at some point, the stripped down version, which was expected to be far less controversial than a royal welcome, would take place in early 2018.

He is due to make a "working visit" which wouldn't feature the pageantry, or a stay with the Queen, that a state visit would include. Her announcement was met threats of massive protests, and the speaker of the House of Commons insisted he would bar Trump from addressing Parliament.

Trump's working visit will focus on global security discussions, according to the Evening Standard.

That plan was then put on hold this summer after Mr Trump reportedly spoke to Mrs May on the phone and said he didn't want his trip marred by protests.

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At the time, Downing Street maintained there had been "no change" to plans for a state visit.

MPs, celebrities and trade unionists formed a "Stop Trump Coalition" vowing "one of the biggest demonstrations in British history to make very clear... that this is not in our name".

However the speculation came to nothing.

The spokesman said: 'We have extended an invitation that has been accepted. The offer had been extended, accepted by Trump, and no dates had been arranged.

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

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