DONALD TRUMP is set to make a low-key trip to Britain within the next few months in a bid to avoid the mass protests which would meet a state visit, it was reported today.
The US President was originally invited on a full-blown state visit, which would include staying with the Queen in Buckingham Palace.
But the trip has been repeatedly delayed because Mr Trump fears the opposition he could face from Brits who dislike him.
Now it has been claimed that in early 2018 he will come to Britain anyway – but it will be a stripped-back trip without the trappings of an official state visit.
The Evening Standard reported that Mr Trump would stay with the US ambassador rather than the royal family as he held talks with Theresa May and other officials.
The visit would reportedly form part of a tour of several different countries and would not include the extravagant celebrations which are attached to state visits.
Mrs May invited the President for a state visit days after he took office in a bid to build closer relations with the US in the aftermath of Brexit.
But the invitation prompted a huge backlash as leading politicians said Mr Trump should not be granted the honour because of his controversial policies on immigration and terrorism.
Previous American leaders have typically not been invited to make a state visit to Britain until their second term of office.
Mr Trump asked the PM to delay the invitation because he did not want his visit to be interrupted by mass protests.
But a more low-key trip might spark less opposition – and London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who has publicly warred with the President, has apparently signalled he would accept such a visit.
A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: “Our position on the State Visit has not changed – an offer has been extended and President Trump has accepted.
"Exact dates for President Trump to visit have not yet been arranged.”