But the invitation prompted a huge backlash as leading politicians said Mr Trump should not be granted the honour because of his controversial policies on immigration and terrorism.

That plan was then put on hold this summer after Mr Trump reportedly spoke to Mrs May on the phone and said he didn’t want his trip marred by protests.

The Evening Standard, which is edited by George Osborne, a former Chancellor of the Exchequer, fired by May previous year, reported that diplomats were discussing plans for a pared-down working visit, devoid of the pomp of a full state visit.

It is also possible that he could formally open the new USA embassy at Nine Elms, near Battersea Power Station, the newspaper reported.

What we know is that Trump’s visit won’t have the usual pomp and circumstance associated with state visits, and won’t be a guest of the Queen.

It is not known if it will be a part of his agenda.

Downing Street declined to comment but has said that its position has not changed since the offer was extended and accepted.

But a more low-key trip might spark less opposition – and London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who has publicly warred with the President, has apparently signalled he would accept such a visit.

“Exact dates for President Trump to visit have not yet been arranged”.

Her Majesty usually lists all formal visits for the coming year, but pointedly did not include the US President’s trip.

Trump’s pledge during his campaign to stop Muslims from entering the United States caused outrage in Britain, going as far as a debate in parliament about whether Trump should be banned from the country.

Now it has been claimed that in early 2018 he will come to Britain anyway – but it will be a stripped-back trip without the trappings of an official state visit.

“The invitation was accepted. At this stage, final dates have not yet been agreed for the State Visit”.