Birmingham may be our second city but it isn’t normally the site of presidential state visits.
But Government officials have reportedly floated the idea of moving Donald Trump’s visit to the Midlands.
Plans to save the highly controversial trip include allowing the president to host a mass rally in the city.
The ideas include having cheerleaders from America’s National Football League perform to Trump’s audience.
Foreign Office mandarins and White House advisers are trying to rescue the visit, according to the Daily Telegraph.
More than a million Brits opposed the state visit in a petition discussed in Parliament and John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons, labelled Trump’s views ‘sexist’ and ‘racist.’
The new president is fond of rallies and mass meetings, used throughout his successful campaign where he often blasted journalists for not showing how large the crowd was.
Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre is now apparently in the running for a UK rally hosted by Trump.
‘It would be his biggest rally with 85,000 people coming together to celebrate the US-UK special relationship,” a source close to Mr Trump said, according to the Daily Telegraph.
‘If he is not speaking to the Houses of Parliament, let’s go to the people. The only person who gets screwed is the Speaker of the House of Commons.
The event would be used to raise cash for the Royal British Legion by people paying to watch the President speak.
Calling himself ‘Mr Brexit’, Trump said his victory would be ‘Brexit Plus Plus Plus’. Britain’s second city was won by 0.4% by the Leave Vote.
Government officials reportedly feel moving a state visit to Birmingham would reduce controversy.
Of the five candidates hoping to become West Midland’s mayor, two said a Trump state visit should not go ahead.
The Conservative candidate, Andy Street, although in favour, said the Government must make people like Trump ‘mend their ways’.
While Beverly Nielsen, the Lib Dem candidate, apparently has taken part in public protests over the event.
Local MPs, including outspoken Jess Phillips, have not commented.
Earlier this week the county’s most senior policeman Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said the Met had ‘concerns’ over the visit and the cost would be ‘the odd million.’
He did ‘not dispute’ a figure of £7.5 million.
Lindsey German, from the Stand Up to Trump movement, pledged it would be the largest protest the country had seen since 2003.
He said: ‘If he goes to Balmoral there will be a big protest there, if he goes to Windsor there will be protests there. There are millions of people in this country who don’t want him to come.’
Supporters of the Birmingham rally idea point to controversial Indian Prime Minister Modi.
The premier, seen by some as ‘complicit’ in the racist Gujarat Riots, spoke to 60,000 people at Wembley Stadium in 2015.