Donald Trump 'set for state visit to UK next year'

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Donald Trump will make his first state visit to the UK in 2018, it has been reported.

The US President had been expected to visit Britain in autumn this year, but the trip has been delayed amid plans for protests.

Mr Trump accepted Theresa May’s to make a controversial state visit after he entered the White House in January.

Millions of people have signed petitions calling for his invitation to be cancelled, while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and his Lib Dem counterpart Tim Farron have also opposed the visit. 

There was no mention of his visit in last month’s Queen’s Speech, which usually mentions all planned state visits, fuelling speculation it had been delayed.

Senior Government sources have told the BBC and Sky News that Mr Trump would not now make an official trip the UK in 2017 and was likely to visit next year.

But the President, who owns two golf courses in Scotland, could make an unofficial visit to Britain before then.

Downing Street and the White House were reported to be in talks over a date.

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The White House has previously denied reports that President Trump told Theresa May he did not want to go ahead with the trip if it was going to spark large-scale demonstrations.

Asked when he planned to visit London at the G20 summit in Hamburg last week, Mr Trump said: “We’ll work that out.”

A Number 10 spokesman said: “An invitation has been extended and accepted. The visit wasn’t mentioned in the Queen’s Speech because a date hasn’t been fixed yet.” 

He declined to confirm or deny if Mr Trump would visit in 2018.

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