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Donald Trump won't be state guest as United Kingdom visit downgraded

17 October 2017

Trump has already visited a number of other nations as president, including Paris where he endured an awkward handshake with Emmanuel Macron and the Vatican, where he met Pope Francis.

It follows threats of mass protests over Mr Trump receiving VIP treatment.

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

Donald Trump will visit Britain early next year but it will not be a State Visit and he will not stay with the Queen, it emerged today.

A full-blown State Visit would then be planned, possibly for later in the year.

Downing Street declined to comment but has said that its position has not changed since the offer was extended and accepted.

Only three US Presidents have made State Visits to the UK.

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Diplomats are working on a "political" programme to ensure that Mr Trump does not snub London when he tours European capitals early in 2018. "Exact dates for President Trump to visit have not yet been arranged".

MPs from across the political aisle criticised the invitation at the time and John Bercow, the Commons Speaker, announced he would oppose an address to Parliament.

Officials on both sides of the Atlantic tried to downplay this change of plans, claiming a full-fledged state visit was still on the cards.

The visit was also likely to see widespread protests.

It remains uncertain if the tour would include a meeting with Queen Elizabeth II, which would have been at the heart of the pomp and show that accompanies a state visit traditionally hosted by the British monarch.

U.S. National Security Council Michael Anton disputed the report, stating that Trump's visit to the United Kingdom had not been scheduled.

Donald Trump won't be state guest as United Kingdom visit downgraded