Donald Trump 'abandons UK visit to open new US embassy amid fears he won't be welcome'

Donald Trump has reportedly abandoned plans to visit the UK next month for the opening of the new US embassy.

Government officials have been told the US president has backed away from the idea amid fears he won’t be welcome, the Daily Mail reported.

The president is believed to be sending Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in his place to the opening of the new £750m embassy, due to concerns about the reception he could receive.

Downing Street refused to comment on the report and the US embassy in London was unavailable for comment.

Grand opening: the new US embassy is located south of the river (AFP/Getty Images)

It comes despite Prime Minister Theresa May saying last week that Mr Trump “will be coming to this country”.

Mrs May controversially extended the offer of a state visit when she became the first world leader to meet Mr Trump in the White House following his inauguration last year.

Since then, however, the president has indicated he does not want to take up the invitation if he is going to face mass demonstrations.

Last month, the White House said it will announce details “soon” of Mr Trump’s proposed visit to the UK.

Mrs May and Mr Trump fell out spectacularly in November over his retweeting of anti-Muslim videos posted online by the deputy leader of the far-right Britain First group, Jayda Fransen.

At the time, the PM said Mr Trump was “wrong” to retweet the videos, and the US president hit back at Mrs May on Twitter by telling her to focus on “destructive radical Islamic terrorism” in the UK, rather than on him.

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