Trump's London stay met by protesters

Sheila Mcguire
July 13, 2018

That was just one of several helicopter rides on the agenda for Trump, whose staff opted to keep him largely out of central London and the swarms of demonstrators who are likely to provide some of the defining images of his first official trip to the United Kingdom.

British pageantry was on grand display Thursday as President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrived on the historic grounds of Blenheim Palace for an exclusive black tie gala hosted by Prime Minister Theresa May.

A day before the U.S. president was due to have bilateral talks with Theresa May, Trump used an interview with the Rupert Murdoch-owned Sun to endorse her principal Tory rival just days after he resigned from the cabinet in protest at her Brexit policy. Reports have indicated that his visit will be met with protests, prompting a warning from the U.S. Embassy in London, which advised Americans in the country to "keep a low profile" in case the demonstrations turn violent.

The demonstrations were in stark contrast to Trump's assertion to the press that the British "agree with me on immigration" and mirrored those in Brussels ahead of Trump's arrival there on Tuesday to meet with other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders.

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"But instead the Tories are rewarding President Trump with a red carpet welcome".

A YouGov/ITV Tonight poll released on Thursday found there is "broad support" for Trump among Britons. You have a mayor who has done a bad job in London.

"But having a special relationship means that we expect the highest standards from each other, and it also means speaking out when we think the values we hold dear are under threat", he said.

"Scotland has deep and longstanding ties of family, friendship and business with the United States, which will continue to endure".

May weathered the resignations of her Brexit and foreign ministers earlier this week over the proposals.

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President Donald Trump said he felt "unwelcome" in London after its mayor, Sadiq Khan, permitted a 20-foot-tall angry "Trump Baby" blimp depicting him to be flown during his visit to the UK.

The Commander in Chief is due to travel north of the border on Friday to spend the weekend playing golf at his Turnberry resort in South Ayrshire.

"The Beast" limousine carrying Trump and First Lady Melania arrives at Blenheim Palace.

Russian Federation has strongly denied the charge. Far more protesters are expected Friday.

Trump has frequently angered British politicians.

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