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Donald Trump cancels February visit to UK

Donald Trump cancels February visit to UK
From BBC - January 11, 2018

Donald Trump has cancelled a visit to the UK planned for February, an official source has told the BBC.

The US president had been expected to open the new US embassy in London, but the ceremony may instead be hosted by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Mr Trump accepted the Queen's invitation for a UK state visit when Theresa May met him last year, although no firm date for that has been agreed.

No 10, which previously said an invite had been accepted, declined to comment.

The BBC understands that Downing Street is considering options for a state visit later in the year, with plans for Mr Trump to have lunch with the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

But no firm date for a state visit had ever been agreed, nor had the White House "nailed down the details of the trip", says BBC diplomatic correspondent James Landale.

Woody Johnson, the US ambassador to the UK, last month told the BBC he "absolutely" expected Mr Trump to visit Britain in the new year.

The latest development follows reports that Mr Trump wanted to delay a potential visit amid concerns about large-scale protests.

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