17:58 GMT21 January 2021
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    The White House has confirmed that US President Donald Trump will not visit the UK until 2018 at the earliest, and left open the subject of whether he would be invited to meet the queen.

    Following Trump's inauguration as the 45th US president, UK Prime Minister Theresa May invited him to travel to the island nation during her state visit to Washington DC in late January.

    Facing increasing criticism at home and abroad, the US president has now become a persona non grata of sorts, as representatives from all UK political factions have joined a rising chorus to prevent Trump's visit to the country.

    Earlier, White House statements indicated that Trump would make either a "working" visit or a "state" visit, but allowed that the former would take place without a meeting with Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, according to the Guardian.

    "We're still going back and forth with our allies there and once we have those travel details outlined and determined we'll certainly let you know," stated White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Friday.

    "We anticipate that it will be some time next year but at this point there's no other details beyond that," Sanders added.

    Many parliamentary voices in the UK do not want the US president to make any sort of visit.

    "A state visit by Donald Trump would shame this country and betray all we stand for," said shadow defense secretary Nia Griffith, who added "Theresa May should revoke the invitation immediately," cited by Fortune.com.

    Trump has reportedly been cautious about traveling to the UK, as his popularity has shown to be consistently in the bottom percentile and likely protests would further portray him negatively.

    The US president did himself no favors with London recently by falsely conflating UK crime statistics with global terrorism in tweeting: "‘United Kingdom crime rises 13% annually amid spread of Radical Islamic terror.' Not good, we must keep America safe!"

    An estimated 5.2 million offenses in a nation of 66 million were recorded by British law enforcement in 2016, although only a fraction were associated with terrorism, according to the Guardian.

    Government leaders past and present in the UK were quick to condemn Trump for his clumsy and frequently false comments. Ed Miliband, the former Labour leader pulled no punches, calling Trump "a moron."

    Nicholas Soames, a Conservative party member, remarked that the 45th US president is a "daft twerp" who must "fix gun control" in the US.

    In February, May's administration rejected a petition signed by 2 million UK citizens to prevent a visit by the US president due to his "well-documented misogyny and vulgarity," cited by Fortune.com.


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