Rough reception awaits Donald Trump as meeting with Queen announced

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He replied: "Yes, yes, I mean he has to see the head of state".

Mr Trump was originally set to visit the United Kingdom in January to mark the opening of the new US Embassy in London.

Mrs May stated it was not the "British way" to treat migrants in the manner now being witnessed on the USA border, but she refused to cancel Mr Trump's planned visit to the United Kingdom next month.

"Meeting Her Majesty is the most important thing, because she is head of state".

"It's tragic and shocking to see innocent children caged like animals at United States migrant camps and to hear their cries of anguish after being forcibly separated from their parents", he wrote on Twitter, adding: "It's immoral and goes against fundamental human rights we must always respect, no matter the situation".

Speculation has been growing that Trump's visit would include meeting the Queen after it emerged Windsor Castle could be closed to the public on the day of his visit.

At Prime Minister's Questions, she said: "The pictures of children being held in what appear to be cages are deeply disturbing".

While plans are still being finalized, Trump's July visit falls on Friday the 13th - a date considered unlucky by some.

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Buckingham Palace declined to comment.

Sadiq Kahn today defended the right of residents to protest the president's visit.

The immigration policy was previously described by Tory MP Sam Gyimah as "indefensible".

Mr Trump is facing pressure from both sides of the political divide in Washington to end a "zero-tolerance" approach to illegal border crossings which requires adult migrants to be held in custody for prosecution, separated from their children.

The prime minister has been a frequent critic and the relationship between the two appears to have soured after May became the first world leader to visit Trump's White House last February.

Footage and photographs released by the department depict people, including children, housed in large metal chain-link cages within the administration's makeshift shelters.

Mr Trump blames Democrats for the family separations and said strict border rules are needed to keep criminals and gang members out of the US.