Report: Trump's UK Trip Downgraded After Pushback

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U.S. President Donald Trump's pending state visit to the United Kingdom has reportedly been downgraded to a more standard working trip. White House officials have denied the report, saying that Trump's trip has not even been finalized.

On Oct. 11, British and U.S. sources familiar with Trump's invitation to the U.K. asserted that diplomats from both countries were considering shifting the president's travel from a state visit to a working visit that would be a part of a broader tour of Europe, the Evening Standard reports.

On Jan. 27, British Prime Minister Theresa May announced during a White House press conference that she had invited Trump to the U.K. for an official state visit, an honor that has historically been offered to American presidents only after they enter their second term in office. May's decision was met with fierce domestic pushback, with 1.5 million U.K. residents signing a petition urging the prime minister to cancel the visit, according to The Guardian. May repeatedly refused to cancel her invitation to Trump, but eventually decided to indefinitely postpone the state visit.

Trump is reportedly now scheduled to visit the U.K. in 2018 but without the pageantry that comes with a state visit. The stripped-down working trip would drop a planned red carpet treatment for the president and a meeting with Queen Elizabeth II.

A U.S. senior diplomat who requested anonymity told The Telegraph that Trump might spend his time in the U.K. helping open a new American embassy in London.

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

"Not accurate, we've not yet scheduled anything for next year," Anton told The Hill.

A U.K. Foreign Office spokesperson also pushed back against details of the report.

"Our position on the state visit has not changed -- an offer has been extended and President Trump has accepted," the spokesperson said. "Exact dates for President Trump to visit have not yet been arranged."

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A spokesperson for Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the U.K.'s Labour Party, stated: "We have said this state visit should not go ahead but Jeremy has said he would be happy to meet President Trump and take him to Finsbury Park Mosque."

A February survey conducted by YouGov found that 49 percent of Britons supported Trump's pending state visit to the U.K., while 36 percent wanted the invitation to be rescinded, according to Reuters.

Sources: Evening Standard, The GuardianThe Hill, Reuters, The Telegraph / Featured Image: Phil Speck/ANG / Embedded Images: Arno Mikkor/Flickr, Chatham House/Flickr

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