US president Donald Trump will reportedly fly into the UK for a "working visit" in late February next year, following recent speculation that a long-awaited state visit had been put in jeopardy following a public clash with UK prime minister Theresa May.
The trip is scheduled for 26-27 February, according to The Sunday Times. The newspaper said that the meeting - despite reports to the contrary - had already been in the diary for at least 10 days. Sources previously revealed a January 2018 visit had been postponed.
May spoke out against Trump after he retweeted three anti-Muslim videos put online by the deputy leader of Britain First, a far-right extremist group in the UK.
"Don't focus on me," Trump hit back on Twitter. "Focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom."
Amid widespread criticism from UK politicians, and calls for a promised state visit to be scrapped altogether, home secretary Amber Rudd later confirmed that plans remained in place for Trump to make the trip.
The timing will reportedly coincide with the opening of a new US embassy in London.
The president initially planed to land in the UK in June this year, but decided not to make the trip over concerns about the possibility of mass public protests. May first extended the invitation to Britain during a visit to the US the week after Trump's January inauguration.
During the imminent working visit, the US president will not meet with the Queen, the Sunday Times reported. The date for a full state visit remains unconfirmed but is likely to occur in late 2018. The US embassy previously told IBTimes UK that the invitation had been accepted.
David Lammy, Labour MP for Tottenham, said the public is likely to take to the streets. He tweeted: "Save the date, he's going to be met by the biggest protest this country has ever seen."
While a slew of UK politicians slammed Trump for circulating Britain First-linked material online, the prime minister and her close deputies continued to tout the "special relationship."
Rudd told MPs this week: "The importance of the relationship between our countries and the unparalleled sharing of intelligence between our countries is vital. It has undoubtedly saved British lives. That is the big picture here, and I would urge people to remember that."
In the US, Trump is facing mounting pressure from the ongoing investigation into his alleged ties with Russia. A number of former administration officials - including campaign manager Paul Manafort and national security advisor Michael Flynn - are facing prosecution.
A special prosecutor - Robert Mueller - was assigned to the case after Trump controversially dismissed former FBI director James Comey. He has denied all claims of collusion.