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London awaits Trump's visit, braces for protests

13 July, 2018, 00:33 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Trump balloon appears before UK visit; embassy warns Americans to keep heads down

Asked about Trump's comments at a hastily-arranged meeting with journalists, May said she was delivering wishes of the British people.

Timed with his arrival, members of Amnesty UK unfurled a banner reading "Donald Trump: Human Rights Nightmare" opposite the US Embassy.

Lance Price, who served as former Prime Minister Tony Blair's media adviser, told the Independent that no matter what the American convoy contends, the fact that Donald Trump is avoiding London points to a moral victory for the protesters.

"I'd like to see them be able to work it out so it could go quickly".

Later in the day, Mr Trump will travel to Blenheim Palace, the 18th-century stately home where Britain's World War II leader Winston Churchill was born and spent most of his childhood.

"It's important for us to send a powerful signal to those who are resisting and campaigning in America that we are standing in solidarity with them", Rehman said.

Speaking at an impromptu press conference after a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels Trump said the British people shared his concerns on immigration, claiming "that's why Brexit happened".

The largest demonstration is expected in central London on Friday where a giant "Trump baby" balloon will fly close to Parliament after being given the go-ahead by London mayor Sadiq Khan.

President Trump arrived at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is in Oxfordshire, in his helicopter at about 7.50pm before being greeted by Theresa May.

Dozens of other, smaller protests against Trump's visit are set to take place around the United Kingdom throughout his stay.


Trumps presidency has recently been marred by the child immigration policy, which saw thousands of undocumented families pulled apart. They like me a lot in the UK.

Air Force One has landed at London Stansted Airport, where Trump is beginning a four-day visit to the country.

The trip coincides with a tumultuous week for May after two senior ministers resigned in protest at her plans for trade with the European Union after Britain leaves next March.

The 'Drag Protest Parade for the Trump UK visit' has been organised by a drag troupe from Manchester, who will be travelling down to London on Friday morning for the event.

On Friday, May and Trump will hold talks on Brexit, relations with Russian Federation, and trade ties at the prime minister's Chequers country residence, followed by a press conference.

Along with trade and security links, 10 Downing Street said the other key areas to be discussed between Prime Minister May and President Trump included Brexit and the Middle East.

Later, Trump will take tea with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle, a home to the royals for 1,000 years, part of a tour created to keep him away from protesters.

The presidential motorcade also includes two identical limousines, one of which is used as a decoy and backup should any problems arise.

Like this go-round, protesters promised widespread backlash back in February amid the president's plans to travel to London for the grand-opening of a new US embassy.

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