Donald Trump visit: How Americans living in the United Kingdom feel

Blanche Robertson
July 12, 2018

In a list of "actions to take", the warning recommended that Americans, "Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings that may become violent", "keep a low profile" and "be aware of your surroundings".

A leaflet for a protest against Donald Trump is seen amongst Labour party flags at the Solidarity Tent at Labour Live, White Hart Lane, Tottenham on June 16, 2018 in London, England.

A high metal fence has been erected around the USA ambassador's central London residence where Trump will spend Thursday night and the embassy has sent out an alert warning Americans in London to keep a low profile in case protests turn violent. Mr Trump is hardly likely to catch a glimpse of the six metre giant orange inflatable blimp that depicts him as a screaming baby.

As well as in London, protests are expected to take place in Bristol, Newcastle, Leeds, Cambridge and Cardiff after Trump arrives on Thursday.

Safety alerts are normally issued to foreign citizens by their embassies in times of political instability, terrorism, and natural disasters; but the US embassy in London has had to issue a "demonstration alert" on Tuesday ahead of planned protests for July 12 to 14.

Mr Mundell said he is looking forward to welcoming the president.

British law requires any petition supported by more than 100,000 people to be considered for parliamentary debate, even though there was no serious attempt to prohibit Trump from entering Britain.

Opposition MPS, backed by an online petition signed by almost 1.9 million people, called on May to cancel the state visit offered when she met Trump in Washington after his inauguration in January previous year. Still, lawmakers have had no qualms about publicly calling Mr. Trump a demagogue and a fool.

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Prime Minister May has abundant reasons to seek a close relationship with Trump - not least, the United States will be an even more vital trade partner once Britain leaves the European Union next year - but it is an uneasy embrace, given her opposition to many of his key policies.

After spending the night at the U.S. ambassador's official residence in Regent's Park, London, Mr Trump will join the PM at a military base on Friday to observe a joint counter-terrorism exercise involving United Kingdom and USA special forces.

On the NHS: Trump said it was "going broke and not working".

The baby blimp of President Trump is due to be flown over London this week.

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.

Russia, Brexit and the Middle East are set to top the agenda.

Later, Trump will go to Windsor Castle for tea with 92-year-old Queen Elizabeth.

10 Downing Street said she would be meeting with schoolchildren and veterans on Friday, accompanied by Philip May, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May's husband.

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