London pub renames itself The Trump Arms ahead of presidential visit

Blanche Robertson
July 12, 2018

After a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit where he provoked a crisis session to force allies to up their defense spending, Trump arrives in Britain having described the closest US ally in Europe as being in turmoil over Brexit.

Mr Trump spoke to journalists on Thurday after playing golf at the Trump International Golf Links in Balmedie, Aberdeenshire. "Everywhere he goes there are protests, so I don't think it really makes a big impression on him".

"I said "If the President is coming to town I'll call it the Trump Arms", he said. We are living in very volatile times and so I hope nothing gets out of hand and I hope people can act civilly.

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

He added: 'I think that's why Brexit happened'.

"I would say Brexit is Brexit, the people wanted to break it up so I would imagine this is what they will do".

On the USA embassy: Trump cancelled his first planned visit earlier this year, saying the embassy's move from Grosvenor Square in Mayfair district to an "off location" at Nine Elms, south of the Thames, was a "bad deal".

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Johnson has told reporters that Americans respected peaceful protest.

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And in a statement, Mrs May spoke about the UK-US "special relationship".

"There is no stronger alliance than that of our special relationship with the USA and there will be no alliance more important in the years ahead", May said in a statement.

Similar protests are planned on Thursday evening outside the United States ambassador's home at Regent's Park and in Scotland when Mr Trump visits on Saturday.

The US president is due to fly straight from the summit to Stansted airport for the four day visit, which will include a black tie dinner at Blenheim Palace, talks with May at Chequers and afternoon tea with the Queen.

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.

From there, Trump and his wife Melania are expected to travel to Windsor to meet Queen Elizabeth.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to protest against Trump's visit in central London on Friday, citing his alleged Islamophobia, controversial policies and "incendiary rhetoric" towards people with disabilities and the LGBTQ community.

"It's typical, but honestly Donald Trump's legacy will outlive any big orange balloon and the matters that will be discussed at Chequers and now in Brussels are much more important and will have a much longer effect than any day rally", she said.

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