Donald Trump UK Visit: President Arrives As Protesters Prepare to March

Howard TerryJul 14, 2018

Anger over Trump's visit has already had consequences.

"The spirit of friendship and co-operation between our countries, our leaders and our people, that most special of relationships, has a long and proud history".

The U.S. Embassy has even warned American citizens to keep a low profile during the visit because of the planned protests - the sort of warning usually issued in more volatile locations.

Demonstrators fly a blimp portraying Donald Trump during a protest of the U.S. President at Parliament Square in London on July 13, 2018.

The first part of the president's working visit will be a black-tie reception at Blenheim Palace, a stately home to the northeast of London where legendary Prime Minister Winston Churchill was born.

He and the first lady will also travel to Windsor Castle for tea with Queen Elizabeth.

U.S. Ambassador Woody Johnson said Wednesday that citizens are often advised to avoid public demonstrations and that he is not upset by the decision to allow the "Trump baby" balloon to be displayed near Parliament. Khan refused to block the Trump baby balloon.

"I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to London", Trump told the newspaper.

Some critics of Mr Trump are calling for Mrs May to make a similar speech to that of Hugh Grant's PM in the press conference with Billy Bob Thornton's president, as an act of defiance. This protest is not anti-American - far from it. I have just been hearing this over the last three days.

It has been dubbed Storm Trump and the country is braced for a USA presidential visit that has split opinion like never before.

The National Police Chiefs Council, which is responsible for the deployment of police during large-scale events, said demand is "particularly high" this week as forces work together to provide security and police the protests.

After his meetings in and around London, Trump will fly north for a round of golf at his Turnberry resort in Scotland. "People see him as a cheap huckster who happens to have an office we respect as president of the United States".

While he stressed he did not want to get involved in the UK's internal affairs, he added: "The people voted to break it up so I would imagine that's what they would do, but maybe they're taking a different route".

"There is no stronger alliance than that of our special relationship with the U.S. and there will be no alliance more important in the years ahead", May said ahead of the visit.

Mr Trump is due to meet Prime Minister Theresa May, who is seeking a post-Brexit trade deal - days after he said the United Kingdom was in "turmoil". Still, lawmakers have had no qualms about publicly calling Mr. Trump a demagogue and a fool.

The 20-foot (6-meter) tall balloon's creators, who call themselves babysitters, freely admit they borrowed the idea from comedian Jon Stewart, who in 2016 called Trump a "man-baby".

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