Trump visits United Kingdom amid acrimonious relationship with London

LONDON ― President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump touch down in London on Thursday for a working visit, and while his meeting schedule will keep him nearly exclusively outside of the capital, she will be spending some time in town.

May's government has recently been shaken following at least three resignations of senior members of her cabinet - including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Brexit Minister David Davis, following disagreements on how to exit the EU.

"I'm going to a pretty hot spot right now, right?"

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, the force said there were a number of "possible alternative" locations in Scotland where the blimp could be based, raising the prospect of it flying above one of several planned protests.

Trump and his wife, First Lady Melania, will land at London's Stanstead airport after attending a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels. This despite a trip choreography created to have him spend as little time as possible in London and keep him out of sight.

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

A protest will also be held outside the president's Balmedie golf course in Aberdeenshire on Saturday, and it is expected there could be further demonstrations at his Turnberry resort in South Ayrshire.


Trump's trip to the United Kingdom will be the 12th by a USA president.

A campaign is also underway to get "American Idiot", a 2004 song by the United States punk rock band Green Day, to the top of the UK Singles Chart.

"It's really kind of irrelevant to what we're trying to do and I don't think certainly it doesn't express the opinion of the British people I met", he said.

On Thursday, Trump will travel to Blenheim Palace, the 18th-century mansion where Britain's World War Two leader Winston Churchill was born and spent most of his childhood.

Demonstrators have lined the streets outside Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire where Mr Trump and his wife Melania are attending a black tie dinner.

Ignoring all diplomatic niceties, the convention-shredding U.S. president set up the four-day visit with a rebuke of his beleaguered host as she battles to stop her government falling apart over Brexit.

Perhaps in a reference to Mr Trump's meeting with Vladimir Putin on Monday, she said that Britain and the U.S. work closely together in the interests of their shared security, "whether through targeting Daesh [Islamic State group] terrorists or standing up to Russian aggression".

The two leaders will hold talks the following day at Chequers, the 16th-century manor house which is the prime minister's official country residence which will focus on Russian Federation, trade, Brexit and Middle East. His meeting with Theresa May will take place in her Chequers country residence on Friday, followed by tea with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle.


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