DONALD TRUMP will visit the United Kingdom in July - on Friday the 13th. No agenda has yet been disclosed, but the prime minister's office assured reporters that "further details would be set out in due course".
The White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders was quoted by the United States media as saying earlier on Thursday that the visit is "pretty exciting news". Trump has said he's looking to impose tariffs of up to $100 billion more on Chinese goods.
Number 10 insisted before the "working visit" announcement that the state visit invitation, which would entail lavish ceremonies and an audience at Buckingham Palace, still stood. It's also not yet clear whether Trump's meetings will be in London or somewhere else in Britain, where he may be able to avoid expected protests.
London Mayor and Trump foe Sadiq Khan tweeted that "If he comes to London, President Trump will experience an open and diverse city that has always chosen unity over division and hope over fear".
Three British government officials told CNN that Trump's visit could occur outside of London. She came to the US shortly after Trump's inauguration.
"Let's make Donald Trump's visit. a carnival against hatred", he added, sharing a link to a "protest Trump's visit" Facebook event that 31,000 people had signed up to attend.
In 2015, in response to Trump's claim that some areas of London have become so radicalized that police fear for their lives, then-mayor of the British capital Johnson said: "The only reason I wouldn't visit some parts of NY is the real risk of meeting Donald Trump".
But the outspoken and unpredictable president will face mass protests from critics of his policies and behaviour.
However, May has faced repeated calls to withdraw the state visit offer following diplomatic fallouts with the American leader, who has already visited several other European capitals. Anarchists rioted in Hamburg during his stop at the G20 meetings, but that's standard for those types of summits.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said it was "fantastic news" that he was making the trip "at last" and it would be the "greatest visit ever". Aides in Washington and London had commenced initial talks for the short stopover. "Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!"