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

Donald Trump 'set to visit Britain within months – but he'll keep a low profile and WON'T stay with the Queen'

Mr Farage was disappointed by No. 10's decision to downgrade Mr Trump's state visit to the United Kingdom in 2018.

Diplomats are discussing plans for a "working visit" rather than a full-blown state visit as previously planned, reports the Evening Standard.

"Not accurate, we've not yet scheduled anything for next year", Michael Anton, a national security official in the Trump administration, told The Hill when asked about the report.

A state visit is still set to go ahead at some point, though no dates have been set in stone just yet.

House of Commons speaker John Bercow said he would oppose the president being invited to give an address in Westminster Hall, citing the president's controversial travel ban and saying "opposition to racism and sexism" were important considerations.

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.

There was also a public backlash, with nearly two million people signing a petition saying the U.S. president's "well documented misogyny and vulgarity" disqualified him from an audience with the Queen.

A Downing Street spokesman said: 'Our position on the state visit has not changed - an offer has been extended and president Trump has accepted.

However the speculation came to nothing.

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

The move would avoid the controversy surrounding Mr Trump's state visit, which was offered by Theresa May within days of his inauguration but is yet to take place. But if a meeting with the Queen is the only card Theresa May has to play when trading with Trump, we are in for a long Brexit winter.

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