Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

U.S. president Donald Trump visits United Kingdom, in pictures

U.S. president Donald Trump visits United Kingdom, in pictures

There are also plans for protestors to gather close to the United States ambassador's residence in Regent's Park, where Trump and his wife, Melania, will stay overnight on Thursday.

Reporter: How do you feel about the planned protests of your visit in the United Kingdom?

"We need to ensure there is a balance between protection and public safety and the public's right to peacefully protest".

Asked in Brussels about the massive demonstrations expected at the next stop of his European trip, Mr. Trump said it was "fine" that there were protests planned. A giant inflatable depiction of Trump as a almost naked baby will hover above Parliament Square.

One such protest will entail a 19-foot-high orange balloon shaped like Trump as a baby, which London Mayor Sadiq Khan - who's feuded with the president - approved under "the right to peaceful protest".

The Trump Baby Blimp is inflated during a practice test, at Bingfield Park in north London. It will hover above Parliament Square later this week during the president's visit.

A statement on the USA embassy website warns United States citizens to "be aware of your surroundings (and) exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings that may become violent". Separately, his wife, Melania, will visit war veterans and schoolchildren in a London visit accompanied by Philip May, the prime minister's husband.

Some British citizens are even more distressed about Trump than they are about the U.K.'s own feverish political turmoil. That includes this week's resignations of members of the Cabinet and Parliament over May's proposals to keep some agreements intact after leaving the European Union next year.

But the president will avoid London nearly entirely during his trip, which has been characterised as an attempt to avoid humiliation over the planned protests surrounding his visit. "It's not for me to decide what's in good taste or bad taste". "We seem to be going into a cycle of rather regressive thinking".

The Jameson in Hammersmith has rebranded itself The Trump Arms for the US President's visit. She pointed out there are many issues that legislators have urged her to raise with her American counterpart.

Trump attending second day of meetings at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation
After meeting with Merkel later Wednesday, Trump claimed to have a "very, very good" relationship with the German leader. "We had a very intense summit", Merkel told reporters after the session.

Trump angered May and many Britons by tweeting inflammatory and unverified videos made by Britain First, an anti-Muslim group whose leaders have been convicted of hate crimes, and by characterizing parts of London and other cities as no-go areas because of a purported Muslim-related crime wave.

Trump "has proudly sparked passionate often divisive emotions about things, I think Americans living here to eager to turn out and express their views", he said. "They trust us with stuff on intelligence", he said.

For protesters in Edinburgh they have a particularly varied day to look forward to.

But that could change.

Churchill spent three weeks at the White House, cementing his close ties with Roosevelt and forming the basis for future relations between the US and Great Britain.

"And me mate said "If you call it the Trump Arms I'll organise the party".

Yet according to David Wemer of the Atlantic Council, a new U.S. -U.K. trade deal isn't a high priority for the Trump administration.

Trump will spend Thursday night in London at Winfield House, the official residence of U.S. Ambassador to Britain Robert "Woody" Johnson.

Later, Mr and Mrs Trump will attend a black-tie dinner at Blenheim Place - the birthplace of Winston Churchill - in Oxfordshire, hosted by Theresa May.

President Donald Trump touched down in Britain on Thursday, where he will get the red carpet treatment on a brief visit: Military bands at a gala dinner, lunch with the prime minister at her country residence, then tea with the queen at Windsor Castle before flying off to one of his golf clubs in Scotland.

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