Is Donald Trump Plotting A Surprise Sneak Visit To The UK?

News of the trip comes after the President postponed his state visit amid protest fears

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Donald Trump may make a flying visit to the UK later this month as part of his trip to Europe to celebrate Bastille Day in France on 14 July.

Government officials have hinted that the President is expected to stop at Turnberry, his golf resort in Scotland, while Theresa May's team are said to be on standby for Trump's arrival at Downing Street. Although, it's possible that they would only be given 24 hours notice if he does decide to meet with the Prime Minister.

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"There is a window of opportunity for the president to visit Britain when he is in Europe later this month," a White House source told The Sunday Times. "It is likely it will be hastily arranged and it is possible no official confirmation of his arrival will be given until at least 24 hours before to stop any large-scale protest against his visit from being mobilised."

However, a government source highlighted that they did not know whether the President plans to visit or not, and nothing has been scheduled. "We expect him to go to his golf course," the source added. "We are aware he might want to see the prime minister. [The Americans] haven't requested that he comes and we haven't invited him, but we are aware it might happen."

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News of a possible UK trip comes after Trump agreed to postpone his state visit amid fears it would spark a wave of protests.

After the latest rumours of the President's UK stopover, Stop Trump campaigners have been been notifying others to the news. Guardian columnist Owen Jones tweeted on Sunday: "Donald Trump is planning to sneak into Britain to avoid protests. RT if you're willing to commit to protesting this bigot at short notice." Thousands have retweeted the post.

The Prime Minister confirmed 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 the announcement, a petition opposing Trump entering the UK has been signed by more than 1.8 million people.