Trump to make 'scaled-down visit to United Kingdom next year'

12 October, 2017, 00:22 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Reuters

Donald Trump will visit Britain early next year, but it will be a "working visit" rather than a state visit, it has been reported.

The Standard also reported that USA and British officials are expected to plan for a full state visit for Trump sometime in the future.

The Evening Standard, which is edited by George Osborne, a former finance minister fired by May past year, reported that diplomats were discussing plans for a pared-down working visit, devoid of the pomp of a full state visit.

What we know is that Trump's visit won't have the usual pomp and circumstance associated with state visits, and won't be a guest of the Queen.

The visit will not include a stay with the Queen like Barack Obama enjoyed in 2011.

House of Commons speaker John Bercow said he would oppose the president being invited to give an address in Westminster Hall, citing the president's controversial travel ban and saying "opposition to racism and sexism" were important considerations.


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

There was also a public backlash, with nearly two million people signing a petition saying the USA president's "well documented misogyny and vulgarity" disqualified him from an audience with the Queen.

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.

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

However a White House spokesperson denied the topic had been discussed. "The Queen extended an invitation to President Trump to visit the United Kingdom and there is no change to those plans".

The President's spokesman said: "The subject never came up". 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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