Donald Trump’s first presidential visit to Britain has been officially pencilled in for 13 July, Downing Street has confirmed.
The long-awaited visit — following months of speculation over a potential date — is expected to be a “working visit” rather than a full-blown state occasion and will coincide with Theresa May’s second anniversary as Prime Minister.
Announcing the contentious plans, Sir Kim Darroch, the the UK’s ambassador to the US, said he was “delighted” that Mr Trump will visit the UK.
In a statement, Downing Street added: “The President of the United States will visit the UK on 13 July. He will hold bilateral talks with the Prime Minister during his visit. Further details will be set out in due course.”
But the US President’s visit is likely to attract large-scale protests, as activists have had plans for a major demonstration laid out for months in anticipation of Mr Trump’s visit to the UK.
In response to the announcement that Donald Trump will visit the UK on July 13, Kate Allen, Amnesty International UK's director, said thousands will be “making our voices heard”.
“In the 15 months of his presidency, we've seen a deeply disturbing human rights roll-back - including the discriminatory travel ban, his reckless announcement on Jerusalem, and harmful policies on refugees, women's rights and climate change,” she said.
“Since moving into the White House, Mr Trump has shown an impatience bordering on intolerance towards peaceful protests, the media and even the democratic process itself. So his visit to Britain will be an important opportunity to underline the importance of free speech and the right to protest.”
An earlier visit to London was dramatically cancelled in February after Mr Trump complained that the decision to open a new US embassy in an “off location” south of the Thames had been a “bad deal”.
But it is thought his decision may have been driven by a fear of protests in the capital, with whose mayor Sadiq Khan he has clashed over his response to terrorism.
Ms May had originally extended the invitation when she became the first foreign leader to visit the US President after his inauguration in January 2017, on a trip in which she photographed holding hands with Mr Trump in the White House gardens.
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