LONDON — US President Donald Trump could make an unofficial trip to the United Kingdom in the next two weeks.
The UK government is actively preparing for Trump to visit one of his golf courses in Scotland at some point between the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany this weekend and his visit to France on July 14, The Times reports.
Prime Minister Theresa May chose not to include a state visit for Trump in her Queen’s Speech, which means there are no immediate plans for the president to be an official guest of the British state at any point over the next two years.
There were plans for Trump to make a state visit to Britain last month, but this was quickly scrapped following huge demonstrations that saw tens of thousands take to the streets across the UK in protest against the US president.
However, although an official state visit isn’t set to take place anytime soon, Trump is considering to “drop in” on Scotland, the birth country of his mother, The Times says. The President owns numerous golf courses there.
A spokesperson for Prime Minister May said today that the government was not aware of any plans for Trump to visit the UK in the next few weeks.
Trump found himself at the centre of yet another social media controversy over the weekend when he tweeted footage of himself attacking another person with a superimposed CNN logo on their head. CNN is one of many US mainstream media outlets that Trump has accused of publishing “fake” stories about him since being elected president.
The footage used in Trump’s tweet was of an appearance he made at a WWE wrestling event in 2007. Trump is a friend of WWE CEO Vince McMahon and was featured as a character in an on-TV storyline just over ten years ago.
“It is a sad day when the President of the United States encourages violence against reporters,” CNN said in a statement released after Trump’s tweet went out.
“Clearly, [deputy press secretary] Sarah Huckabee Sanders lied when she said the President had never done so. Instead of preparing for his first overseas trip, his first meeting with Vladimir Putin, dealing with North Korea and working on his healthcare bill, he is instead involved in juvenile behaviour far below the dignity of his office. We will keep doing our jobs. He should start doing his.”
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