Trump to visit UK in 2018: Report

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London, July 11 (IANS) US President Donald Trump is likely to come to the UK next year, the BBC reported on Tuesday.

Downing Street and the White House are believed to be looking at options for the visit, according to the report.

Trump accepted the Queen’s invitation for him to travel to Britain on a state visit when Prime Minister Theresa May visited Washington in January.

But the prospect of a state visit caused much controversy and reportedly led Trump to change his mind. It was said he did not want to visit while there was potential for protests against him.

In May, nearly two million people signed petitions saying Trump should not be invited to the UK on a state visit, the BBC reported.

Senior politicians, including Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and former Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron, called for the visit to be cancelled.

Questions were also raised as to why Trump was invited so soon after taking office – it was two-and-a-half years into his first term before his predecessor Barack Obama came to the UK for his state visit.

–IANS

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