Trump’s UK VIP Trip Downgraded to “Working Visit”

Donald Trump will visit Britain in 2018 but the trip will be a scaled down version than a VIP visit originally offered to the US President.

Mr Trump’s visit will no longer be a red carpet event to showcase the special relationship between the US and Britain, but will likely form part of a tour of several countries.

Diplomats are discussing plans for a “working visit” which is expected to be far less controversial than a Royal welcome because it will focus on global security discussions.

The change came following controversy after Prime Minister Theresa May offered a State Visit as guest of the Queen that was intended to take place during the summer.

The honour is usually reserved for a president’s second term.

Threats of boycotts and mass protests were made after the VIP treatment was announced, including Commons Speaker John Bercow declaring Mr Trump would not be allowed to address the House of Commons.

The trip was then postponed indefinitely, however the invitation is expected to be taken up at some stage.

British and U.S. sources say the full State visit to the UK will go ahead at some stage but no dates have been discussed.

Mr Trump has so far visited a number of major world capitals this year, including Paris for Bastille Day festivities in July as well as attending a G20 summit in Germany’s capital Hamburg.

He also toured the Vatican and met the Pope in May, visited King Philippe of Belgium at the Royal Palace in Brussels, before talks with Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker at the European Union headquarters.

Mr Trump views Britain as a key ally in his attempt to pressure North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons threats.

He is also trying to calm international concerns a nuclear deal with Iran is being dismantled.

A source close to Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said Mr Khan would not object to a working visit.

Sources have told the Evening Standard that no date has yet been set, but the visit is planned for early in 2018.

The Foreign Office said a State Visit would go ahead at some stage, claiming “our position on the State Visit has not changed – an offer has been extended and President Trump has accepted.”

“Exact dates for President Trump to visit have not yet been arranged.”

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