Trump Won't Get Royal Welcome During UK Visit

Reuters

It has now been reported that while plans are being made for Mr Trump to visit the United Kingdom in 2018, it will be a "working visit" rather than a State Visit.

The fact that the government still doesn't dare to schedule the full state visit is a sign of the strength of opposition to Trump in the UK.

British Prime Minister Theresa May made the state visit offer to US President Donald Trump shortly after he took office in January 2017. 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 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. Any encounter between the two would likely be frosty, after Trump publicly berated the mayor over his response to the London Bridge terror attack. If Trump's trip is a working visit, he will likely stay at the USA ambassador's residence, according to the Standard.

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.

"Exact dates for President Trump to visit have not yet been arranged", she said.

A former adviser to the Obama administration said recently that U.S. officials regarded the idea of a special relationship with Britain as a joke. 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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