U.S. President Donald Trump will come to Britain on a state visit next year, according to media reports, quashing expectations that the U.S. leader would make the trip this year. Pascale Davies reports
Donald Trump's on-again-off-again state visit to the UK could be back in the diary. Theresa May and Trump talking at the G20 last week. It was rumoured then that the U.S. President would make an unannounced trip to the UK after the summit. But a full state visit will now take place next year. That's according to Sky News quoting senior government sources. When May first met Trump in Washington in January, the two leaders hailed the beginning of their new relationship and the promise of a trade partnership post brexit vote. Trump had accepted the Queen's invitation for him to travel to Britain later this year. But protesters rallied on the streets of London against his visit and nearly two million people signed one of a number of petitions. Trump reportedly said he did not want to visit the UK when there were so many protests against him. Postponing the visit takes the heat off May, whose authority was weakened after an ill-judged election gamble saw her lose her parliamentary majority. But if Trump is desperate for a UK trip he can still drop in on one of his golf courses in Scotland on an unofficial visit. That would be without the bells and whistles but, knowing Trump, not without the controversy.