Trump's UK Trip Downgraded After Pushback

Oct 17, 2017, 00:44
Trump's UK Trip Downgraded After Pushback

It will also see him miss out on the long list of privileges afforded to monarchs, presidents or prime ministers invited on State Visits by the Queen.

Trump will not stay at Buckingham Palace with the Queen and will likely sleep at the residence of recently-appointed United States ambassador Woody Johnson, The Evening Standard reported.

The ongoing controversy over whether President Donald Trump will be heading to Britain to meet Queen Elizabeth took a new turn on Wednesday. They typically stay at the palace or at Windsor Castle for the duration of the visit.

After inspecting a Guard of Honour, the visiting party then travels in a carriage procession to Buckingham Palace.

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That plan was then put on hold this summer after Mr Trump reportedly spoke to Mrs May on the phone and said he didn't want his trip marred by protests.

In January May visited the White House and offered Trump a state visit as a guest of the Queen: a move interpreted as a signal of the continuing "special relationship" between the two countries.

"Our position on the state visit has not changed? an offer has been extended and President Trump has accepted".

It was immediately criticised as a breach of convention, as state visits are usually reserved for a president's second term.

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A source close to Sadiq Khan confirmed to HuffPost UK that the Mayor of London, who led criticism of the State Visit invitation, "would not object" to a working visit.

The report said a future state visit had not been ruled out, but no date had been set.

Diplomats are discussing a "working visit" by Trump that will include a meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May but will be "shorn of the pomp and flummery of a full-blown state visit", the London Evening Standard reported.

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