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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 23 June 2018

Trump's expected UK visit in July certain to cause protest

The president was due to open the US embassy but cancelled in January

<p>US&nbsp;President Donald Trump may visit Britain in July.&nbsp;Chris Kleponis / Poll via Bloomberg</p>
<p>US&nbsp;President Donald Trump may visit Britain in July.&nbsp;Chris Kleponis / Poll via Bloomberg</p>

Donald Trump will finally visit the UK in July on his first presidential trip, a stop-over postponed in January after the US leader re-tweeted Britain First’s extreme-right ultranationalist videos leading to a public spat with Theresa May.

Mr Trump’s trip is expected on or around July 13, Sky News reported on Wednesday. The US embassy in London declined to discuss the president’s plans. The official announcement is expected in a day or two after French President Emmanuel Macron wraps up his trip to Washington DC.

Mr Trump was due to open the US Embassy in London in February but cancelled, initially saying the building was too expensive and he didn’t like the new south London location.

Tension ratcheted up when Ms May said she was “very clear” that Mr Trump’s retweeting of Britain First videos was “the wrong thing to do”.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan weighed in at the time saying the president cancelled because he "got the message" that many Londoners were opposed to his policies, including what is viewed by some as a US travel ban targeting Muslim countries.

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It is unclear whether the 2018 trip will be a working visit or a state visit, which would include a formal banquet and procession up the Mall to Buckingham Palace.

In either case, Mr Trump is likely to be greeted by street protests. Almost two million Britons signed an online petition in 2017 demanding Mr Trump be prevented from making a state visit.