DONALD TRUMP is "looking forward" to visiting Britain "soon", one of his close allies has said.
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant said it won't be long before the US President comes to the UK for a state visit – which is expected to be next year.
The 62-year-old said that Mr Trump wants to visit the "regular working folk" of Great Britain.
But he's already beaten him to Buckingham Palace after he met the Duchess of Cornwall on his own flying visit to the UK last week.
Mr Bryant said the President could want to venture out of London to avoid protests at his trip which would be "nothing unusual".
Trump has previously asked Theresa May to "fix" his trip to avoid mass demonstrations on a state visit.
He has warned he might not set foot here until the public warm to him.
But Mr Bryant told the Sunday Times: "I think he will come soon. He may want to visit somewhere outside London if there are indications that the capital might not be the best venue for the president if protests are going to occur.
"I hope the president has the opportunity to come here and meet the regular working folk of Great Britain as he has done in America. That’s the part of Great Britain the president would like to see."
The US President was due to visit the UK last summer – but it was revealed that it had been delayed in a bid to avoid protests and MPs’ snubs.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he should not get a full state visit to the UK and warned the red carpet will not be rolled out for him.
Nearly two million people signed a petition calling for his visit to be downgraded.
But so far Mrs May has refused to cancel the proposed plans and says she "gets on" with the US leader.
The PM said: “Her Majesty the Queen issued the invitation. The President has accepted it.
"It’s just a question of getting dates and sorting out the logistics."
Justin Welby will shake Trump's hand, even though his views are 'unacceptable'
The Church of England leader said he struggled to understand why evangelical Christians support for the US President is so strong.
He told ITV's Peston on Sunday if he met him at a state dinner he would be unlikely to do "more than shake hands with him".
"I really genuinely do not understand where that [support] is coming from," he said.
"It’s not as unusual as we’d all like but it it is completely unacceptable."
President Trump is set for a state visit to Britain next year.
Mr Welby went on: "I've spent years, I spent years and years involved in conflict stuff around the world where I met people who had killed many many people.
"You know part of the job is to meet people you disagree with and to testify of the love of Christ to them and to seek to draw them into a different way.
"The odds are if I, it would be unlikely I would do more than shake hands with him."
He called for more "transparency and integrity and honesty" in politics because people would "become suspicious" of the system otherwise.
"If they don't trust that they're being told the truth they’ll go for someone who provides often simplistic easy answers to complex and difficult questionsm" he added.
Mr Bryant, who meets Mr Trump at least once a month, claimed today that relations between Britain and America were on the rise, and the two countries were building a new partnership despite Brexit.
He said: "What it appears to us is that Britain became all consumed with Europe and we were not in that relationship any more, and now we are building that relationship back up.
"We are dating again right now."
Theresa May was the first foreign leader to visit the 45th President at the White House in January and just seven days after his inauguration she invited Trump on a return trip to Britain.
The President has said that he wants a "big and exciting" trade deal with the UK after Brexit.
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