Donald Trump will visit Britain early next year but it will not be a State Visit and he will not stay with the Queen, it emerged today.
The US President was originally invited to the UK by Theresa May seven days after his inauguration in January – sparking a backlash from his critics in Britain.
That plan was then put on hold after Mr Trump reportedly spoke to Mrs May on the phone and said he didn’t want his trip marred by protests.
Senior Downing Street sources admitted this summer that there was no prospect of a visit happening this year, and they were looking at dates in 2018.
Diplomats are now said to be mulling a lower-key ‘working visit’ for the president, which will be part of a tour he will make of a number of countries.
Tory MPs welcomed the news that Mr Trump would be coming, telling MailOnline Britain should have an ‘open door policy’ for the US commander-in-chief.
But London Mayor Sadiq Khan branded the lower key visit a ‘climbdown’ by the government, and the Lib Dems said it was ‘right’ he would not be given ‘red carpet’ treatment.
Donald Trump will come to Britain next year but will not be given the pomp and ceremony of an official State Visit, it emerged today
The visit will not include a stay with the Queen like Barack Obama enjoyed in 2011. A full State Visit is to be planned for Mr Trump after his ‘working visit’
Theresa May and Donald Trump pictured together at a NATO summit in May. The PM extended an invitation for a state visit shortly after he became US president
However, it appears the idea is at a very early stage. A spokesman for the US Embassy said: ‘There are currently no plans for a working-level visit.’
Under the scaled back concept, Mr Trump will not stay at Buckingham Palace with the Queen and will likely sleep at the residence of recently-appointed US ambassador Woody Johnson.
The lower key visit may be timed to coincide with the opening of the new US embassy near Battersea Power station, according to the Evening Standard.
The president would hold talks with Mrs May, probably at her Chequers country retreat if there is anxiety about protests in the capital.
There is also potential for Mr Trump to visit one of his own golf course in Scotland.
The red carpet would then be rolled out for a full-blown State Visit, possibly later in the year.
Speaker John Bercow has already declared that he will not sign off on Mr Trump getting the honour of delivering a speech to both Houses of Parliament.
Downing Street declined to comment on the trip and said its position on the state visit had not changed.
A senior No10 source said: ‘We have extended the invitation, that’s been accepted, but in terms of dates they’re still being finalised.’
Asked if a January visit wouldn’t count as a state visit, the source replied: ‘We’re working on dates, we have nothing more to add on that.’
Asked if intention was for it to still be a state visit the source replied: ‘Yes.’
Asked if there were discussions around a working visit, the source said: ‘I’ve set out our position, I’ve got nothing to add on that. I’m not aware of any other discussions.’
Mr Trump has faced a barrage of criticism in the UK over his plans for restricting migration, as well as allegations of sexism.
A senior Labour source said Jeremy Corbyn did not support a full state visit.
‘We don’t think it’s appropriate or right for there to be a State Visit by the US President,’ they said.
Speaker John Bercow (pictured in the Commons today) has already declared that he will not sign off on Mr Trump getting the honour of delivering a speech to both Houses of Parliament
Mr Trump and his wife Melania have dined with French president Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte at the Eiffel Tower since he was elected in the US
Mr Trump has also held talks with German premier Angel Merkel during a visit to Hamburt
‘If Donald Trump comes to the UK, Jeremy has said he’s prepared to meet him and would like to introduce him to different communities in Britain and make the case against many of the things Trump is doing domestically and internationally.
‘He would take him to Finsbury Park Mosque and have a meeting there.’
Senior Tory MP Nigel Evans said critics of the US president should think about the thousands of people whose jobs depended in ties with America.
‘The important thing is dialogue. The US is already one of our closest allies, but also one of our most important trading partners,’ he told MailOnline.
‘It will give us an opportunity to talk about issues that mean a lot to us, like trade and the Bombardier row.
‘We should use this as a chance for confidence building so we can get a trade deal in place as soon as we leave the EU.’
Mr Evans added: ‘It would be bonkers to turn our backs on a president who not only has businesses in the UK but actually likes the UK.
‘We should have an open door policy for whenever he wants to come here, like we had for Barack Obama.
‘Obama came all the way to Britain to tell us we would be at the back of the queue for a trade deal. President Trump is saying things I like much more.’
But Lib Dem foreign affairs spokeswoman Jo Swinson said: ‘It is entirely right that when Donald Trump visits he will not be given red carpet treatment.
‘Trump should be under no impression that the United Kingdom endorses his abhorrent views.
‘If Trump makes a normal visit in the future, Theresa May must stand up for our fundamental values and use it to pile pressure on Trump to move away from his destructive positions on climate change, civil rights and foreign affairs.’
In an extraordinary intervention in February, Mr Bercow told MPs that addressing the Lords and the Commons was ‘an earned honour’, not an ‘automatic right’.
Pointing out he was one of three ‘key-holders’ for Westminster Hall, he said: ‘Before the imposition of the migrant ban, I would myself have been strongly opposed to an address by President Trump in Westminster Hall.’
After the imposition of the migrant ban I am even more strongly opposed to an address by President Trump in Westminster Hall.’
A senior Labour source said Jeremy Corbyn (pictured today) did not support a full state visit