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Donald Trump’s UK visit in January ‘scrapped’ as row over racist retweets continues

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Donald Trump's UK visit in January 'scrapped' as row over racist retweets continues
Donald Trump will not come to the UK in January (Picture: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)

Donald Trump‘s visit to the UK early next year has been reportedly scrapped by US officials.

It comes as the row between the US President and Theresa May grows after he retweeted videos shared by far-right group Britain First.

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A US diplomat told the Telegraph: ‘The idea of a visit has obviously been floated, but not December and not January. I would not expect a Trump visit in January.’

Mr Trump was set to come to the UK in January 2018 for a ‘working visit’ to open America’s new embassy in London, during which he would not meet the Queen.

While nearly two million Brits signed a petition banning the President from coming to the UK on a state visit, it is thought the scaled down ‘working visit’ would allow Mr Trump to avoid the protests a state visit could trigger.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by REX/Shutterstock (8136532aa) Donald Trump and Theresa May Theresa May meets with Donald Trump, Washington DC, USA - 27 Jan 2017 United States President Donald Trump meets with Prime Minister Teresa May of the United Kingdom in the Oval Office of the White House
The row between the two leaders continues (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)

But a row has threatened to erupt between the two leaders after Mr Trump shared a string of tweets purportedly showing violent acts by Muslims.

It sparked outrage in the UK and prompted Downing Street to say it was wrong of the President to share them.

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An official spokesperson said: ‘Britain First seeks to divide communities through their use of hateful narratives which peddle lies and stoke tensions.

‘They cause anxiety to law-abiding people.

‘British people overwhelmingly reject the prejudiced rhetoric of the far-right which is the antithesis of the values that this country represents, decency, tolerance and respect.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Shealah Craighead/Planet Pix via ZUMA Wire/REX/Shutterstock (9069874j) U.S. President Donald Trump chats with British Prime Minister Theresa May before a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly at the Palace Hotel September 20, 2017 in New York City. United Nations General Assembly, New York, USA - 21 Sep 2017
Tensions are strained (Picture: Shealah Craighead/Planet Pix via ZUMA Wire/REX/Shutterstock)

‘It is wrong for the president to have done this.’

But Mr Trump hit back and told Theresa May that she should ‘focus on the destructive radical Islamic terrorism that is taking place in the UK’.

Mrs May said at a press conference: ‘Britain First is a hateful organisation. It seeks to spread division and mistrust among our communities. It stands in fundamental opposition to the values we share as a nation – values of respect, tolerance and common British decency.’

The Telegraph has also reported that another visit penciled in for January has also been postponed, but this is not linked to the Twitter row.

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