United Kingdom paper: Trump trip won't be a state visit

Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Visit The East Midlands
United Kingdom paper: Trump trip won't be a state visit
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17 October, 2017

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.

It follows threats of mass protests over Mr Trump receiving VIP treatment.

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.

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 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.

London mayor Sadiq Khan had previously raised concerns about Trump's state visit.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May made the state visit offer to US President Donald Trump shortly after he took office in January 2017.

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.

But a spokesperson for his office said he would not object to a working visit. That needs to be brought on to the streets when he comes here.

The first real clue that the planned State Visit would not be going ahead in 2017 came in the Queen's Speech in June.

"I have today been able to convey her majesty the Queen's hope President Trump and the first lady would pay a state visit to the United Kingdom later this year, and I'm delighted the president accepted that invitation", May said at the time, and Trump reportedly hoped to play golf with Her Majesty, and to emulate the photogenic moments captured on Ronald Reagan's State Visit in the '80s.


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