Donald Trump visit to UK 'pencilled in for February'

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3rd December 2017

Donald Trump will reportedly make a brief visit to the UK at the end of February, despite his recent Twitter spat with Theresa May.

Donald Trump speaking in the Oval Office

The Sunday Times reports government sources saying the president will be in London for the opening of the new US embassy complex on the south bank of the Thames.

However he will not be afforded the pomp of a full state visit, or a meeting with the Queen, amid fears that would provoke mass protests against the visit.

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The paper says plans for a flying visit  on 26-27 February have been in the Downing St diary since ten days' ago, before Mr Trump created fresh controversy by retweeting's  a series of videos from far-right group Britain First.

That prompted Mrs May's spokesman to condemn the president's actions, while MPs on all sides of the Commons rounded on Mr Trump earlier this week. 

In an extraordinary response, Mr Trump then directly tweeted at the Prime Minister, telling her to focus on "Radical Islamic Terror" in the UK instead of criticising him.

Justice minister Sam Gyimah said he was "deeply uncomfortable" about the prospect of Mr Trump visiting the UK following the week's row. 

Despite the criticism, Home Secretary Amber Rudd insisted the offer of a full state visit for Mr Trump remains open - although there appears to be little sign of him taking it up in the near future.