Trump dodges London protests for tea with Queen Elizabeth

Annette Crawford
July 12, 2018

A 19-foot-tall orange balloon, shaped to look like a baby version of President Trump, will be flown in central London.

In the busy south London neighborhood of Brixton, Victor Greetham, who runs a jazz bar, said he hasn't been to a demonstration since he protested against the Iraq War in 2003, but he planned to attend one of the protests against Trump's visit.

Gardner, who works with refugees as part of her doctoral research at the London School of Economics, said Trump's speeches about refugees and immigrants are "a very unsafe line of rhetoric to be normalized".

On Friday, demonstrators are expected to gather near Chequers, the Prime Minister's country residence, where May and Trump will hold a working lunch.

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.

However, despite the welcome from May, many Britons remain deeply opposed to Trump's visit.

US President Donald Trump has shrugged off protests planned across the United Kingdom ahead of his arrival there Thursday, claiming he is very popular in Britain because of his hardline stance on immigration.


Trump was making his first trip to Great Britain as president after a tense summit with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders in Brussels that began Wednesday and on the heels of ruptures in May's government because of the crisis over Britain's exit from the European Union.

The trek, coming more than a year and a half into his presidency, does not have the trappings of a state visit.

On Friday night, the president will travel to Scotland, Turnberry, the South Ayrshire golf resort he bought in 2014.

Mr Mundell said he is looking forward to welcoming the president. They like me a lot in the UK. "I'd like to see them be able to work it out so it could go quickly, whatever they work out".

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has in the past been an outspoken critic of Mr Trump, with a Scottish Government spokesman saying there are no official meetings planned between the two leaders.

After spending the night at the USA ambassador's official residence in Regent's Park, London, the United States president will join the Theresa May at a military base on Friday to view a joint counter-terrorism exercise involving UK and U.S. special forces.

A protest was expected to take place near Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, the venue for President Trump " s black-tie dinner with Theresa May.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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