Trump visit to Britain to be delayed until 2018

Marie Harrington
July 12, 2017

While a state visit isn't likely until next year, he could make an low-key trip sometime this year, a senior official told the Telegraph.

Downing Street and the White House are believed to be looking at options for the visit.

The Guardian reported last month that Trump told May he wouldn't visit unless he was guaranteed a protest-free trip.

But after the Commons Speaker John Bercow effectively vetoed a speech by the President to Parliament, a petition opposing the visit was signed by 1.85 million people and protest groups threatened mass demonstrations, the visit appeared to have been postponed indefinitely.

British Prime Minister Theresa May formally invited Trump to visit London shortly after he was inaugurated in January.

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But Trump confirmed he would be visiting Britain at the G20 in Hamburg, where he met with May, saying he "will be going to London".

The Speaker of the House of Commons previously said he was "strongly opposed" to allowing Donald Trump to address members of parliament during the USA president's state visit later this year.

Senior Government sources have confirmed that the United Kingdom is not due to host any major global summits like G7 or G20 in the near future which the President would be expected to attend.

Asked about the Sky report, May's spokesman repeated the government's position that an invitation had been made and accepted, but no date had been set.

Aides to Theresa May are now trying to work out a possible date for the trip in 2018.

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