Nigel Farage blasts UK Government for downgrading Donald Trump state visit


The Evening Standard reported on Wednesday that United Kingdom diplomats are discussing Trump's future visit, which will likely be a part of a multi-country trip.

While British and U.S. sources told the Evening Standard that the full state visit would still go ahead at some point, the stripped down version, which was expected to be far less controversial than a royal welcome, would take place in early 2018.

Theresa May tried to underline her close relations with the US President in January, when she invited him to stage a State Visit as guest of the Queen.

A government spokesman said: 'Our position on the State Visit has not changed - an offer has been extended and President Trump has accepted.

"Whether you like Trump or you don't like Trump, he's the most powerful man in the world".

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MPs from across the political aisle criticised the invitation at the time and John Bercow, the Commons Speaker, announced he would oppose an address to Parliament.

Trump's working visit will focus on global security discussions, according to the Evening Standard. Any encounter between the two would likely be frosty, after Trump publicly berated the mayor over his response to the London Bridge terror attack. The honour of a state visit is usually reserved for a President's second term, Evening Standard reported.

Over the summer The Guardian reported that Trump told May in a phone call he wanted to put the trip on hold until the British public supported it.

In July there was speculation that Trump would visit his Scottish golf course and then Downing Street after the G20 summit in Hamburg, as part of a European trip that included a big speech in Warsaw.

Broadcasting from New York, Nigel said: "I do not accept the view and someone's got to come on to convince me, I don't accept the view that we shouldn't have him in this country and talk about the really important things that matter to both of us".