President Trump Won’t Meet the Queen and His State Visit Has Been Downgraded: Report
The proposed visit has been sparking controversy since Prime Minister Theresa May extended the invitation in January
A report in the London Evening Standard claims that the impending 2018 engagement has been “stripped down” to that of a working trip rather than a formal state visit.
Under the downgraded plan, the president would visit the U.K. as part of a tour of several countries in Europe and also possibly open the new U.S. embassy in London. He would meet dignitaries and politicians and discuss global security but not enjoy the grandeur of being hosted by the Queen at one of her residences or having dinner there.
A spokesman at Prime Minister Theresa May’s office at Downing Street, which oversees the invitation, tells PEOPLE that the situation remains the same: “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.”
After May made the invitation in January, protestors launched a petition saying Trump shouldn’t be afforded the prestige of meeting the Queen.
Then in June, the president slammed London Mayor Sadiq Khan as “pathetic” at the time of the London Bridge terror attack, which led to further calls for him not to be welcomed by the Queen.