WH disputes report that Trump’s UK trip won’t be a state visit


A White House official has disputed a report by a British newspaper that President Trump’s trip to the U.K. next year has been downgraded from a “state visit.” 

The Evening Standard reported on Wednesday that U.K. diplomats are discussing Trump’s future visit as a “working visit,” meaning it would likely be part of a multi-country trip and lack the grandeur of a typical state visit.

When diplomats are visiting as part of a state visit, they typically stay at Buckingham Palace. If Trump’s trip is a working visit, he will likely stay at the U.S. ambassador’s residence, according to the Standard.

“Not accurate, we’ve not yet scheduled anything for next year,” Michael Anton, a spokesman for the National Security Council, told The Hill when asked about the report.

The president’s U.K. visit has been a source of controversy in the past.

{mosads}Trump reportedly told Prime Minister Theresa May that he was concerned about protests and did not want to visit the country without public support.

In June, London Mayor Sadiq Khan called for the U.K. to cancel the visit, which was planned for late 2017 at the time, after Trump slammed Khan’s response to a London terror attack.


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