Trump puts UK visit on hold due to lack of support

He said he won't go ahead with the visit if there are protests

Trump puts UK visit on hold due to lack of support

In this file photo, US President Donald Trump talks to reporters in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington | Image: Evan Vucci/AP/Press Association

Updated at 21:33

It is being reported that Donald Trump is putting his state visit to the UK on hold until people support him coming over. 

According to The Guardian, the US president told Theresa May in a phone call that he doesn't want to go ahead with his trip later this year if there are going to be large-scale protests. 

The call was apparently made in recent weeks, according to a Downing Street adviser who was in the room at the time.

The White House has since denied reports that Trump plans to delay his state visit to the UK over fears of potential protests and his perceived unpopularity.

A spokesperson for Trump administration said "The President has tremendous respect for Prime Minister May. That subject never came up on the call."

Theresa May invited Trump to Britain seven days after his inauguration when she became the first foreign leader to visit him in the White House.

She told a joint press conference that she had extended an invitation from the Queen to Trump and his wife Melania to make a state visit later in the year and said she was "delighted that the president has accepted that invitation."

Sensitive information

Meanwhile, Trump has hit back at former FBI director James Comey calling him "cowardly" and vowing to find out if he had leaked any more sensitive information.

In a tweet Trump said: "I believe the James Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible. Totally illegal? Very 'cowardly!"