President Donald Trump’s state visit to the United Kingdom has reportedly been scrapped until later this year, although even that is tentative.
According to a report on Tuesday, the President’s trip is being delayed in order to avoid protests, and comes after Trump and Prime Minister Theresa May agreed to the postponement.
The new dates for the presidential visit to Great Britain are temporarily set for October 8, though those dates are subject to further change, according to The Sun.
A senior British government source said that “Trump 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.”
Trump’s visit has been the source of great controversy in the UK since it was announced. Earlier this month, the British Parliament held a heated debate over whether an invitation should have been extended to Trump. Before that, the UK House voted against allowing Trump to address Parliament, with the nonpartisan Speaker of the House of Commons taking the unusual step of speaking up against Trump’s appearance.
During the debate in Parliament, members criticized the President, calling for UK lawmakers to stand up against him with one Labour Party MP saying that Trump acts like a “petulant child.”
British citizens have voiced strong opposition to Trump and to the proposed state visit. As lawmakers debated the visit earlier this month, thousands of protesters gathered in Parliament Square to oppose the President’s controversial travel ban precluding refugees and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States.
The Trump administration announced that it will issue a new executive order on immigration on Wednesday. The initial order was blocked by a Seattle federal court and then affirmed by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.