London awaits Trump's visit, braces for protests

Rex Christensen
July 12, 2018

Meanwhile, Theresa May's government is nervously anticipating disruption from the guest himself. Still, lawmakers have had no qualms about publicly calling Mr. Trump a demagogue and a fool.

Following the departure of senior figures, including foreign minister Boris Johnson and Brexit minister David Davis, the political atmosphere is febrile.

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 president said on Tuesday, "I think they like me a lot in the United Kingdom".

Trump "has proudly sparked passionate often divisive emotions about things, I think Americans living here to eager to turn out and express their views", he said. Her London engagement is expected to take place at the same time as Mr Trump is due with meet with Mrs May at a secret location outside of London to see "cutting edge" military hardware used by American and British special forces.

The leaders will then hold talks at the PM's residence of Chequers. She's planning to attend anti-Trump protests.

Later, Trump will go to Windsor Castle for tea with the 92-year-old queen. "It's really kind of irrelevant to what we're trying to do, and doesn't express the opinion of the British people that I've met", he told the BBC's Today programme.

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Thousands of protesters are set to line the streets to demonstrate against Donald Trump's visit as the US President landed in Britain.

Trump, who is due in to land in the United Kingdom at lunchtime on Thursday to large-scale protests across the capital, which are expected to be the biggest staged in opposition to a sitting USA president, was asked about the planned demonstrations.

Mr Morgan asked if Mr Khan would have approved a large black blimp featuring former US President Barack Obama, or an image depicting the London mayor as a pig - something which would offend his Muslim faith.

The organizers claim that flying the balloon is their right "pursuant to the rights of Freedom of Assembly and of Association", as well as the right to protest peacefully.

Police Scotland Assistant Chief Constable Mark Williams, said: "Clearly there is a significant protection operation in place for the President and this includes restrictions to the airspace in the Turnberry area".

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.

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