Britain braced for surprise visit from Donald Trump at just 24 hours notice as CNN Wrestlemania row boils
Mr Trump is crossing the Atlantic later this month for visits to Poland, the G20 summit in Germany, and Bastille Day celebrations in France – and Government ministers is on alert for a potential visit to the UK
The British government is bracing itself for a surprise visit from Donald Trump as yet another row boils around the US president.
Mr Trump is crossing the Atlantic later this month for visits to Poland, the G20 summit in Germany, and Bastille Day celebrations in France – and Government ministers is on alert for a potential visit to the UK.
Officials believe the president may have a window in his schedule to drop in on one of his golf courses in Scotland, which are in Aberdeenshire and Turnberry, Ayrshire.
Mr Trump will only confirm any plans to visit the UK to the Government 24 hours in advance and he may also drop in on Downing Street, according to the Sunday Times.
Once confirmed, it is believed that officials and ministers would then have to make arrangements for a visit, including a potential meeting with Theresa May or other senior ministers.
Campaigners are calling on opponents of the tycoon to be “on standby” for street demonstrations, following a petition against a state visit attracting more than 1.8 million signatures.
Owen Jones, co-founder of Stop Trump Coalition, said: “Donald Trump is so cowardly he thinks he can sneak into the country to avoid protests.
“We have to prove him wrong. We’re asking Britain to be on standby to take to the streets with just hours notice if necessary.”
The news comes as Trump faces widespread criticism for posting a 28-second video clip which shows him tackling a man to the floor and pummelling him in a video taken from pro-wrestling event Wrestlemania XXIII.
The face of Vince McMahon, who was on the receiving end of the “body-slam”, has been obscured with the logo of American broadcaster CNN logo with the tweet following a continuing row between the US president and the mainstream media.
It is not clear who produced the clip, which has been shared more than 200,000 times on Twitter with the caption “£FraudNewsCNN £FNN”.
Mr Trump then doubled down on his criticism of the press later in the day, tweeting: “The dishonest media will NEVER keep us from accomplishing our objectives on behalf of our GREAT AMERICAN PEOPLE!”
A White House aide insisted the tweet should not be seen as an attack on reporters.
“I think that no one would perceive that as a threat,” homeland security adviser Tom Bossert said.
“I hope they don’t. But I do think that he’s beaten up in a way on cable platforms that he has a right to respond to.”
CNN accused Mr Trump of engaging in “juvenile behaviour far below the dignity of his office”.
The channel said: “It is a sad day when the president of the United States encourages violence against reporters.
“Instead of preparing for his overseas trip, his first meeting with Vladimir Putin, dealing with North Korea and working on his health care bill, he is instead involved in juvenile behaviour far below the dignity of his office.
“We will keep doing our jobs. He should start doing his.”