President Donald Trump’s expected “working visit” to Britain in February has been postponed, Downing Street has confirmed.
Theresa May was the first world leader to visit Mr Trump in the White House, and the US president accepted at the time an invitation for a state visit.
But that idea was fairly swiftly pushed into the long grass, given the scale of expected protests and opposition within the UK. A petition against a state visit gained more than a million signatures last year.
Mr Trump was then reported to be considering a “working visit”, with some publications reporting that a date had been set for the end of February.
The visit was due to coincide with the opening of the new US embassy, at Nine Elms on the banks of the Thames.
Mr Trump was also scheduled to hold talks with Mrs May in No 10, with February 26 and 27 marked in the diary. Downing Street had hoped to confirm the dates this week.
The President was not due to meet the Queen until a full state visit at a later date.
But now Mr Trump has decided to postpone even the scaled-down February visit.
Rex Tillerson, the secretary of state, will represent the US at the embassy opening.
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.