- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 28, 2017

President Trump has reportedly agreed to delay his state visit to Britain, partially in response to all the protests it engendered and opposition in Britain to his proposed travel and immigration restrictions.

“Though the dates may change again, a provisional three-day slot for the president’s formal visit has been penciled in from October 5 to 8,” according to a report Tuesday evening in The Sun.

The Sun reported that the change was made by mutual agreement with the British government, which was forced into holding a debate in the House of Commons about potentially reducing the invitation from the higher-honor state visit — when Mr. Trump would meet Queen Elizabeth II — to a government meeting.

The new dates, according to the Sun, would both allow Mr. Trump to meet the queen during her customary vacation period at Balmoral Castle in Scotland — a rare honor — and let Mr. Trump avoid an appearance at Parliament and the possibility of mass MP snubs because the chamber will not be in session in early October.

Trump still really wants to come this year, but he wants the heat to die down a bit first. The White House watch what happens over here surprisingly closely, and they don’t want to create a scene for our sake either,” a senior government source told the Sun.

Nigel Farage, the former head of the U.K. Independence Party, said the visit would happen in some form. He met with Mr. Trump — a fellow anti-establishment populist and “Brexit” proponent — in Washington at the weekend.

“I wouldn’t discuss my private conversations with the president, but I don’t think [the opposition] is going to stop the visit from happening. From Donald Trump’s perspective, there is no question it is going to go ahead,” Mr. Farage told the Sun.

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