Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will finally make a full State Visit to the UK on June 3-5, 2019.
They will be guests of the Queen and attend a major military display ahead of the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
The trip was two and a half years in the offing after an invitation was originally extended at the start of 2017.
Now it will happen just as the UK is mired in chaos over Brexit.
It was repeatedly delayed as Trump instead paid a four-day “working visit” in July last year, costing police £18m.
So what can we expect from the State Visit and how is it different to the Working Visit from last time?
Here’s what you need to know.
What is a State Visit?
A state visit is a formal visit by a head of state to Britain, normally at the invitation of the Queen.
Although it is the Queen who formally sends the invitation, the power really lies with the Prime Minister.
They’re often quite grand occasions, with plenty of red carpets rolled out for the esteemed visitor.
They usually involve a ride down the Mall in a fancy carriage with the Queen, and a state banquet. They can involve visits and speeches to the Houses of Parliament – though Commons Speaker John Bercow has said he doesn’t want this in the case of Donald Trump.
What is a Working Visit and what’s the difference?
Donald Trump finally made a lavish first visit to the UK in July, costing police £18m and sparking huge protests in major cities.
Yet despite a black tie palace dinner, a four-day stay and meeting with the Queen, that was only “working visit” – without the official status of a “state visit”.
Unlike a “working visit” or “official visit”, it happens at the formal invitation of the Queen.
They are rare, with only two or three per year. Recent examples including Chinese premier Xi Jingping in 2015 and Irish President Michael D Higgins in 2014.
Only two US Presidents have paid State Visits to the UK – George W Bush in 2013 and Barack Obama in 2011.
In theory, a State Visit is a much grander occasion.
Though in Trump’s case it would be hard to get grander than the hospitality he enioyed last time.
Why was Trump’s State Visit delayed?
Days after Trump took office in 2017, Theresa May announced she would welcome him “later this year”.
But the trip was repeatedly delayed as the billionaire sought to avoid protests over his attacks on refugees and women.
What is the schedule for Trump’s State Visit?
Trump will be a guest of the Queen, though initial reports suggested he was not expected to stay at Buckingham Palace.
He will however visit Prime Minister Theresa May for talks in Downing Street which are bound to be besieged by protests and high security.
During last year’s Working Visit the President mostly avoided London, instead meeting the PM at her country residence Chequers.
Trump is also expected to attend a grand military spectacle in commemoration of D-Day, to take place in Portsmouth on June 5.
Downing Street has described it as “one of the greatest British military spectacles in recent history”.
Hundreds of D-Day veterans will be given a naval gun salute as they sail across the channel to France to mark the anniversary of the Normandy landings.
The Ministry of Defence promised thousands of troops, dozens of planes and an armada of naval vessels.
There will be a flypast of 26 RAF aircraft including a Spitfire and the Red Arrows, before veterans embark on a ship to France.
Buckingham Palace said further details of the trip would be announced “in due course”.
How much will Trump’s State Visit cost?
Full costs will only be known after the visit, but last year’s Working Visit ran up a policing costs bill of £18million.
This is only the cost to UK taxpayers, and does not include the huge cost to US taxpayers of fuelling, staffing and flying Air Force One and the President’s vast entourage.
Backup poured in from every known force in Britain for the US President’s last visit in July 2018 – even though hard-pressed PCs were based hundreds of miles away.
Those policing the four-day, £18m trip included 738 West Midlands officers, 235 from Greater Manchester and 180 from Avon and Somerset.
But while Theresa May rolled out the red carpet, their colleagues were left “thinly-spread” and “picking up the slack” – with violent crime rising and officer numbers slashed by 20,000 since 2010.
Will Donald Trump make an address to Parliament?
Speaker John Bercow is under pressure from Tory MPs to allow an address to both houses of Parliament after saying it was “not an automatic right, it is an earned honour”.
But he’s factually right. Only three US Presidents have made these grand addresses – Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan.
Will there be big protests?
Yes. Almost 1.9million people signed a now-expired petition calling for the State Visit to be cancelled.
Last year’s Working Visit gave us a taste of the protests that can be expected, with thousands taking to the streets in major cities.
Dave Webb, CND chair, said: “Why is Theresa May attempting to normalise the behaviour of a man who casually threatens nuclear war, who tears up nuclear treaties, who has broken every convention of appropriate behaviour with his misogynistic language, his ban on Muslim immigrants, his climate change denial and retweeting material from far-right organisations here in Britain?
“We will be working with other organisations to mobilise hundreds of thousands of people on the streets in June to oppose the politics Trump represents.”
MP Stephen Doughty has demanded the Prime Minister “rescind the advice” to offer a full State Visit in June.
In a formal Early Day Motion, he and other MPs condemn the President’s “misogynism, racism and xenophobia… comments on women, refugees and torture… and lack of action on climate change.”
Mr Doughty said the visit was “bonkers” adding: “This man is a racist, sexist, extremist who was happy to promote far-right content from Britain First.”
Labour ’s Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry said: “It beggars belief that on the very same day Donald Trump is threatening to veto a UN resolution against the use of rape as a weapon of war, Theresa May is pressing ahead with her plans to honour him with a State Visit to the UK.”
Will it be linked to Brexit?
Theresa May is facing the prospect of still tangling over her Brexit deal and a leadership challenge when Trump comes.
Ever the opportunist, Trump will have his eye on the short-term wranglings with the EU (who he doesn’t like). Last time he used the visit to tell May to “sue” the EU.
But he’ll also be looking to the future, attempting to butter up the UK for a post-Brexit trade deal with the US.
This is a point of major conflict because Washington wants the UK to accept American standards on food, including chlorine-washed chicken and hormone-injected beef.
What has Theresa May said?
The PM said: “The UK and United States have a deep and enduring partnership that is rooted in our common history and shared interests.
“We do more together than any two nations in the world and we are both safer and more prosperous because of our cooperation.
“The State Visit is an opportunity to strengthen our already close relationship in areas such as trade, investment, security and defence, and to discuss how we can build on these ties in the years ahead.”
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