Donald Trump hopes to play golf with the Queen on his first state visit
Donald Trump’s team are hoping he can play at least one hole with her on the Scottish estate’s nine-hole course as he seeks to create a photo opportunity to rival the images of Ronald Reagan riding with the Queen at Windsor Castle in 1982.
The plans were discussed at a meeting last week with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and his deputy Sir Alan Duncan in Downing Street.
Among other requests put forward by Mr Trump’s team include a dinner at Blenheim Palace, where Winston Churchill was born, an address to both Houses of Parliament in Westminster Hall, and tea at Buckingham Palace.
A source close to the President said Mr Trump wanted the visit, which could take place as early as June, to be “the full Monty”.
Mr Trump’s team were invited to put forward suggestions for the visit in a bid to build bridges after a testing spell in relations between the two countries.
The new President has repeatedly called for Nigel Farage to be made British ambassador in Washington.
Boris and his team wanted to get inside the mind of Donald Trump
He is also said to be “unimpressed” by the behaviour of Mrs May’s top aides Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, who publicly criticised him on social media before they took up their posts in Downing Street.
Britain wants to get Mr Trump on side to secure a post-Brexit free trade deal with the US and to shape his thinking on Nato, Syria and other foreign affairs issues.
The President of the United States hopes to play at least one hole with the monarch at Balmoral
The source said: “Boris and his team wanted to get inside the mind of Donald Trump and get into what they described as ‘Trump think’ which is why they were asking for suggestions for the state visit.
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“It is also a sign of the importance with which they now regard striking a strong relationship with the new President who insists he can sign a trade deal with the UK within 90 days.”
Mr Johnson and his deputy were told to think about the biggest honour they could bestow on the President and then “go beyond it”.
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The plan was discussed at a meeting with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson
The source said: “He doesn’t want to do what Obama did during his state visit to the UK, he wants to go one better.”
During Mr Obama’s last visit to the UK in April he had lunch with the Queen and Prince Philip at Windsor before making a controversial intervention in the EU referendum campaign, saying Britain would be at “the back of the queue” for a trade deal in the event of Brexit.
By contrast, Mr Trump has made clear that he is keen to secure a deal with Britain. He has also spoken affectionately about the Queen, saying in an interview last week that his Scottish-born mother was a big fan.
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It is thought Mr Trump would use any trip to Balmoral as an opportunity to visit his mother’s birthplace, where he still has relatives, including his cousin Calum Murray, who sent a message of congratulations to the new President on his election.
Mr Trump last visited the island in 2008 when he flew in on his private jet.
Any visit to Balmoral in June would mark a break in protocol because the Queen does not normally depart for her Scottish summer residence until August.