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Donald Trump Rules Out Surprise Visit To Britain To Avoid Protests - In July At Least

The prospect of him visiting the UK has been hugely controversial.

03/07/2017 17:11 BST | Updated 03/07/2017 17:30 BST

Donald Trump has ruled out a surprise visit to Britain in the next two weeks, amid claims he would use an unscheduled stop to avoid being confronted by protesters.

It was rumoured he would visit the UK on his way to France to meet Emmanuel Macron on July 14, after he said he did not want to do his state visit as long as the threat of huge protests loomed, effectively postponing it indefinitely. 

The state visit was not in the Queen’s speech and the suggestion he could make a quick visit led people to pledge they would protest at short notice if he came.

But White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told The Financial Times: “While he looks forward to visiting the UK, it will not be in the next two weeks.”

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Donald Trump was invited to pay a state visit to Britain in January, when Theresa May was the first foreign leader to visit him since his election

It was reported that Downing Street was on standby for a surprise visit by Trump, for which they could receive only 24 hours notice. They expect him to visit his Aberdeenshire golf course.

A government source told The Sunday Times: “We expect him to go to his golf course. We are aware he might want to see the prime minister.

″[The Americans] haven’t requested that he comes and we haven’t invited him, but we are aware it might happen.”

Any unscheduled visit would be much less formal than the state visit and is unlikely to involve the Queen.