Donald Trump 'Delays State Visit' To The UK In An Attempt To Avoid Controversy

Government sources say the US President wants "the heat to die down".

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Donald Trump has reportedly agreed to postpone his state visit to the UK amid fears it will spark a wave of protests.

The US President was expected to visit Britain in June, but according to government sources, Trump expressed his concern over the trip during a phone call with Theresa May two weeks ago.

A senior government source told The Sun: "Trump still really wants to come this year, but he wants the heat to die down a bit first.

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"The White House watch what happens over here surprisingly closely, and they don't want to create a scene for our sake either."

In an attempt to limit any controversy, the visit is likely to be pushed back to 5 October to 8 October. This means the trip would fall just after the Tory party conference, when many MPs would still be away from Parliament on recess, potentially reducing the chance of a snub from senior politicians.

The Prime Minister announced the president had been invited on a state visit, during which he will be hosted by the Queen, when she became the first international leader to visit Trump in Washington after his inauguration. Since it was announced, a petition opposing the state visit has been signed by more than 1.8 million people.

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan Police chief, has also expressed fears over Trump's visit due to the scale of the expected protests.

Lindsey German, from the Stand Up to Trump movement, told The Telegraph that the protests would be the biggest since 300,000 people marched in opposition of George W Bush's UK visit in 2003.

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