Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Trump visit: Police are beefed up to confront 100000 protesters

Trump visit: Police are beefed up to confront 100000 protesters

In this photo taken on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, children play basketball in the foreground as a six-meter high cartoon baby blimp of U.S. President Donald Trump stands inflated during a practice session in Bingfield Park, north London.

There are military events included in his itinerary, in order to emphasise the alliance between the United Kingdom and the United States.

President Trump will head to London on Friday, where he's expected to face protests at every turn.

Invited guests - including a number of business leaders - will eat dinner to the sounds of the Countess of Wessex's Orchestra, which will play a "series of classic British and American hits", according to a spokeswoman for Prime Minister Theresa May.

Tens of thousands are expected to protest against the president in London on Thursday and Friday and in Glasgow on Saturday.

Prime Minister May has abundant reasons to seek a close relationship with Trump - not least, the United States will be an even more vital trade partner once Britain leaves the European Union next year - but it is an uneasy embrace, given her opposition to many of his key policies.

On Brexit negotiations: Not convinced by the UK's handling of the talks, Trump said he would take a "tougher" approach with Brussels.

The National Police Chiefs' Council said discussions were ongoing about "how the resource requirements of this massive operation will be met" but a spokesman said: "We are confident that forces will continue to maintain local policing services".

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"Sadiq Khan is a total disgrace", he said of the Labour politician.

A spokesperson at the U.S. Embassy in London said there was nothing political about the timing of the alert, that such warnings were routine.

It would be a blow for Britain to lose that special status, said Shashank Joshi, a British security analyst. "Are you honestly saying that the right to protest, the right to assemble, the right to free speech is limited by the ridicule it might cause to someone else?"

But that could change. "This is a fight against our own "hostile environment" as well as the American government".

Trump is not expected to spend time in central London.

Nearly all of Trump's activities will be outside the city: He'll meet the Queen at Windsor Castle, not Buckingham Palace.

The two leaders will hold talks the following day at Chequers, the 16th-century manor house which is the prime minister's official country residence which will focus on Russian Federation, trade, Brexit and Middle East.

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