Donald Trump postpones trip to United Kingdom until next year

Theresa May and Donald Trump

Downing Street and the White House are said to be looking for the U.S. president to make an official state visit to Britain early in 2018, according to reports from the BBC.

Last week, it was reported that Trump was planning to make an unofficial visit on his way to or from the G20 summit in Hamburg, where he met Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Prime Minister Theresa May invited the US president to Britain in January during their first meeting in Washington, when the two leaders hailed the beginning of a new "special relationship" between the countries.

The White House denied reports that Mr Trump had reservations about visiting, saying they looked forward to working out a "mutually acceptable date".

She brought an invitation from the queen for Trump to come to London this year on a state visit.

The queen hinted that Trump wouldn't be coming this year after she left the American leader off her schedule in the Queen's Speech, reports the BBC.

United Kingdom and U.S. are now looking at potential dates in 2018.

But now a top Downing Street source has said that it will go ahead next year.

Yet, the prospect of a state visit caused much controversy and reportedly led Trump to change his mind.

"The US president said he did not want to come if there were large-scale protests".

It points out that British Prime Minister May extended the invitation to the new US President just as he sparked anger across the world with his proposed travel ban on visitors from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Traditionally, though not always, state visits are announced by the Queen during the opening of parliament.

She invited him to visit the United Kingdom with the full pageantry of a state visit - which usually includes a banquet with the Queen and speech to Parliament.

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