British government not aware of Trump plans visit to UK

U.S. President Donald Trump (R) speaks to Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May during in a working dinner meeting at the NATO headquarters during a NATO summit of heads of state and government in Brussels, Belgium, May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Matt Dunham/Pool

Vastavam web: The British government is not aware of any plans for Donald Trump to visit the UK in the next few weeks, Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesperson said today, amid reports that the US President is planning a flying visit to the country.Some UK media reports had suggested that the US President may utilize a gap between his visit to Hamburg in Germany, for the G-20 summit later this week and a planned visit to France for Bastille Day celebrations on July 14 to drop in the UK. A formal state visit invitation on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II had been accepted by Trump during May’s visit to Washington in January but plans for him to visit around August/September were reportedly postponed last month.

The Queen’s Speech, which lays out the parliamentary agenda for the year and also highlights all major state visits to the country, made no mention of a visit by the US President.The UK government has reportedly also been warned that the US President could visit Turnberry, his golf resort in Scotland, after the G-20 summit in Hamburg this Friday and Saturday.”There is a window of opportunity for the President to visit Britain when he is in Europe later this month. It is likely it will be hastily arranged and it is possible no official confirmation of his visit will be given until at least 24 hours before to stop any large-scale protests against his visit from being mobilized,” ‘The Sunday Times’ had quoted a White House source as saying.

His tweet attracted thousands of retweets and a number of anti-racism groups have also vowed to mobilize at short notice.There has been a lot of opposition in the UK over Trump being accorded all the pomp and pageantry associated with a state visit.An online petition against such a visit had attracted over 100,000 signatures earlier this year and debated in the House of Commons as a result.Trump begins his European trip in Warsaw, Poland, where he will address 12 central European, Baltic and western Balkan leaders at the Three Seas Conference.He will also give a major speech at Krasinski Square, the site of the 1944 Warsaw uprising against Nazi occupation, and will lay out his vision of “the future of our transatlantic alliance and what that means for American security and American prosperity”