Published: Sat, October 14, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Donald Trump WILL visit United Kingdom within months as trip finally confirmed

A spokesperson for British Prime Minister Theresa May said Trump had accepted an invite for a state visit, but that her office was not aware of any discussions relating to a separate working visit.

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 fact that the government still doesn't dare to schedule the full state visit is a sign of the strength of opposition to Trump in the UK.

Trump's election and presidency have given confidence to every racist, fascist and sexist in the United States and across the world.

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.

The news comes after months of controversy regarding the visit. The invitation was contested by some lawmakers, and House of Commons Speaker John Bercow declared he wouldn't get the opportunity to address parliament.

The visit was also likely to see widespread protests.

Almost two million people signed a petition against a visit.

Since then the visit has been quietly put on the backburner.

Trump could still be allowed to meet the Queen on a stripped down "working visit" in order to placate him, it was reported on Thursday.

Donald Trump won't be getting the royal treatment. The offer had been extended, accepted by Mr Trump, and no dates had been arranged.

A former adviser to the Obama administration said recently that USA officials regarded the idea of a special relationship with Britain as a joke.

"We can question the wisdom of Brexit Britain appearing overly desperate for friends, not least as the offer of an early state visit has been withdrawn", the Standard said in a commentary.

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