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

October 24 2017, 04:00 | Irvin Gilbert

Reuters

Reuters

The "working visit" would not feature the pomp of a state visit and is likely to be part of an global tour by Mr Trump rather than a trip focused exclusively on the United Kingdom, according to the newspaper.

The Evening Standard reported Wednesday that Trump's visit will be labeled a "working visit" to avoid scrutiny.

"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.

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

Almost 200 MPs signed an early motion opposing Mr Trump addressing both houses of Parliament, with Speaker John Bercow voicing his opposition to his visit during a session in the House of Commons.

Threats of mass protests and boycotts greeted news that Mrs May had extended the honour of a state visit to Mr Trump when she visited him in the White House in his first week in office. "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".

A spokesperson for British Prime Minister Theresa May said Trump had accepted an invite for a state visit, but that her office was not aware of any discussions relating to a separate working visit.

In the meantime Trump has visited Emmanuel Macron in Paris for Bastille Day festivities, held talks with Angela Merkel in Hamburg, toured the Vatican and met the Pope, visited Belgium's King Philippe at the Royal palace in Brussels and held talks with European Union leaders at their headquarters.

The spokesman said: 'We have extended an invitation that has been accepted. 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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