Trump visit brings biggest police operation since UK riots

Charlene Craig
July 13, 2018

They plan to loft a large blimp-like balloon over Westminster Palace, depicting a bronzed "Trump Baby" in a pair of nappies, clutching a cellphone.

More than 50,000 people have signed up to demonstrate in London on Friday when protesters intend to fly a large balloon over parliament portraying Trump as an orange, snarling baby although a counter-gathering to welcome him is also planned.

But any good vibrations from that moment soon dissipated when Trump, the same day, announced plans to ban migrants from seven Muslim-majority countries - a decision that drew fierce worldwide criticism and appeared to blindside May.

Last month, Labour member of Parliament Gavin Shuker ran down a list of objections to Trump: the separation of migrant families and detention of children; the USA departure from the United Nations' Human Rights Council; the US president's praise for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Police sources in the United Kingdom told The Guardian that the police mobilization for Trump's visit will be the largest since the 2011 English riots.

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The president is scheduled to meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth during his visit.

The biggest protest will take place in central London on Friday when thousands are expected to take to the streets to join the "Stop Trump" march.

The US president is set to touch down for his visit on Thursday after sparking a new firestorm on the worldwide stage.

"I don't think we should roll out the red carpet for somebody that holds such abhorrent views".

Asked if May should stay in power, Trump said "that's up to the people".

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

Mr Smyth said he hoped the protests, and specifically the Trump baby blimp, do not upset the American public.

In reality Trump's visit is set to go ahead and no announcement about a cancellation has been made this time.

It is the United States president's first visit to the UK since he won the election and he will meet with both Theresa May at Chequers and the Queen in Windsor.

Other planned protests will occur near Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire where Trump will attend a black-tie dinner and on Thursday outside the US's ambassador's residence in London where Trump and Melania will spend their evening.

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While the protests are taking place in the British capital, Trump will meet the queen at Windsor Castle where he will be welcomed with a guard of honour before having tea with the 92-year-old monarch.

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