President Trump's British trip 'downgraded from state visit in face of opposition'

It will likely be one stop on a tour of several countries, the Evening Standard reported on Wednesday, and will focus on global security discussions.

He is due to make a "working visit" which wouldn't feature the pageantry, or a stay with the Queen, that a state visit would include.

It is thought he could still make a full State visit - an honour usually reserved for a President's second term - at some stage.

A source close to Sadiq Khan confirmed to HuffPost UK that the Mayor of London, who led criticism of the State Visit invitation, "would not object" to a working visit.

However, Prime Minister Theresa May's office declined to comment on the visit, but said its position on the state visit had not changed.

House of Commons speaker John Bercow said he would oppose the president being invited to give an address in Westminster Hall, citing the president's controversial travel ban and saying "opposition to racism and sexism" were important considerations.

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The Guardian newspaper reported in June that Trump's state visit had been postponed indefinitely after he told May during a phone conversation that he did not want to come if there were going to be large-scale protests.

A state visit is still set to go ahead at some point, though no dates have been set in stone just yet.

Hundreds of thousands of people had signed a petition against the plan.

However a White House spokesperson denied the topic had been discussed.

The visit may be timed to coincide with the opening of the new U.S. embassy near Battersea Power station, sources said. "The Queen extended an invitation to President Trump to visit the United Kingdom and there is no change to those plans".

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