In a diplomatic affront to President Donald Trump, British officials have made a decision to deny him the pomp and circumstance of a full state visit that would include staying with Queen Elizabeth II in Buckingham Palace, a London newspaper reported Wednesday.
How will US President Donald Trump feel about being downgraded by the Queen? He was not aware of any other discussions on a separate working visit, Reuters reports.
Speaking during his daily LBC talk show, the former United Kingdom politician said: "Everywhere he goes he is given a full state visit and yet, with this country, it has been decided that when he will come in 2018 he will not go to Buckingham Palace for dinner".
The White House denied that report and May's Downing Street office said plans for the state visit had not changed.
But May's haste in visiting Trump so early in his term and inviting him for a state visit, which typically involves lavish pageantry and events hosted by Queen Elizabeth, was criticised by some in Britain.
Thousands of people launched protests against the move, while more than a million people signed a petition to stop the trip from going ahead.
A full-blown State Visit would then be planned, possibly for later in the year.
Over the summer The Guardian reported that Trump told May in a phone call he wanted to put the trip on hold until the British public supported it. This was still the position on Wednesday.
"Not accurate. We've not yet scheduled anything for next year", Michael Anton, a spokesman for the National Security Council, told The Hill. Which I'm sure Theresa May is devastated about, seeing as how she seems to want to sort out a post-Brexit trade deal to replace all the trade we probably won't be doing with the EU.