Trump visit: London on LOCKDOWN as trip to spark protests

Annette Crawford
July 12, 2018

"My message to those coming to the protests in London is that this must be peaceful and good-spirited".

"I'm excited to welcome the President of the United States", says Drew, who's 21.

At the same time, Trump will be touring a defense site with May outside of London. Both of those accords were the result of years of painstaking diplomacy by European leaders - and Trump unilaterally trashed them.

May reached out to him just days after Mr. Trump was inaugurated, extending the invitation for a coveted state visit that would be hosted by Queen Elizabeth II, but that gesture has proved far more controversial than expected as Mr. Trump has shown little interest in maintaining "diplomacy as usual" with European allies.

Donald Trump's July visit to the UK will be his first as president of the United States.

Trump's visit to the United Kingdom, the 12th US President to make such a tour, comes amid what he described as "turmoil" for the United Kingdom government, as Prime Minister May faces down rebellion from within her own party over her Brexit strategy.

During a press conference before departing the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit for the U.K., Trump was asked how he feels about the planned protests.

May will seek to put the tensions behind her when she hosts Trump later Thursday for a black-tie dinner with business leaders at Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of World War II prime minister Winston Churchill. "I think they agree with me on immigration".

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

But besides that, the USA president is set to avoid much of the mass protests as most of his official engagements have been planned outside London.

But while Trump's Friday morning plans involve a visit to a military site with May, followed by their joint press conference at Chequers, the first lady is expected to remain in London, in the company of May's husband, Philip May.

"I think they like me a lot in the UK", Trump said in Brussels.

We're more than used to our best sports-stars and celebrities being picked up as "British" in the English media when they're on the rise, and "Irish" when they're underperforming or in trouble.

He will largely be avoiding London, where a mass demonstration is planned and where the "Trump Baby" balloon will be flown above Westminster.

Asked about the President's view on US-UK relations, he said: "He has worked here for so many years, he knows so many people".

After London, he will travel to Scotland and then onto Helsinki to meet with Russian president Vladimir Putin. Many will see his avoidance of London as proof he is trying to keep away from dissent, however, the USA ambassador to the UK, Woody Johnson, denied this.

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

"Donald Trump could do perfectly fine doing rallies in the USA".

Mr Trump will instead be ensconced at Windsor Castle, west of London on Friday when a blimp tethered next to the Houses of Parliament.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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