DONALD TRUMP will return to the UK in December for a Nato summit.
The US president, who has repeatedly criticised the military alliance, will meet with heads of state in London, Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg announced on Wednesday.
It will be Mr Trump’s second visit to Britain since his election, having jetted in amid swathes of protest last July.
Mr Stoltenberg said: “I am pleased to announce that allies have agreed that the next meeting of Nato heads of state and government will take place in London in December 2019.
“The meeting in London will be an opportunity for allied heads of state and government to address the security challenges we face now and in the future, and to ensure that Nato continues to adapt in order to keep its population of almost one billion people safe.”
Asked whether Theresa May was looking forward to welcoming Mr Trump to London, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “The PM looks forward to welcoming all Nato leaders.”
The spokesman made clear that any visit by the US President for the Nato summit was separate from the planned state visit by Mr Trump, for which no date has yet been fixed.
The invitation to a state visit was extended by Mrs May during her visit to Washington shortly after Mr Trump’s inauguration in January 2017 and the spokesman said it remains on offer.
The police operation for Mr Trump’s last visit to the UK is estimated to have cost nearly £18 million.
Thousands of officers were deployed to cover the three-day trip in the largest mobilisation since the 2011 riots.
Mr Trump held talks with Prime Minister Theresa May and met the Queen at Windsor Castle, before travelling to Scotland where he played golf at his family’s Turnberry resort.