The UK government invited U.S. President Donald Trump for talks with Prime Minister Theresa May in a “dummy run” ahead of an official visit, the Daily Mail reported.
Trump will be offered a state visit next year, but only if his low-profile trip is a success, the newspaper said.
The dummy visit is in response to concerns that Trump’s visit could be a disaster and his unorthodox approach to protocol — or his eccentric behaviour — could embarrass the Queen.
May from her side wants to avoid upsetting Trump as she is keen to broker a good post-Brexit trade deal with the U.S. His visit is likely to trigger demonstrations.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan last week called for plans for a Trump state visit to be scrapped altogether, the Sun reported. “State visits are different from normal visits and, at a time when Trump has many policies that many in Britain disagree with, I’m not sure it is appropriate to roll out the red carpet,” Kahn said.