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

Evarado Alatorre
Julio 12, 2018

"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.

Trump has always been a supporter of Brexit and has expressed enthusiasm for a wide-ranging trade deal with Britain after it leaves the European Union, something heralded by Brexit supporters as being one of the great benefits of exiting the bloc.

Mr Smyth said he hoped the protests, and specifically the Trump baby blimp, do not upset the American public.

Churchill spent three weeks at the White House, cementing his close ties with Roosevelt and forming the basis for future relations between the USA and Great Britain.

"Now more than ever we have a responsibility to stand up for our values and ensure our voice is heard around the world", he wrote in London's Evening Standard newspaper.

"This week we have an opportunity to deepen this unique trading relationship and begin discussions about how we will forge a strengthened, ambitious and future-proof trade partnership".

The Jameson in Hammersmith has rebranded itself The Trump Arms for the US President's visit.

Shrugging off the plans for mass protests, which will include a giant baby-shaped blimp bearing Trump's features, he said in Brussels: "They like me a lot in the UK".

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Mr Trump arrived just under an hour later than planned after he insisted Britons "like me a lot" and "agree with me on immigration" in an impromptu press conference before leaving Brussels.

"Boris Johnson's a friend of mine, he's been very nice to me, very supportive and maybe I'll speak to him when I get over there".

Opponents to the controversial United States leader have threatened mass protests but Mr Trump is expected to avoid areas such as central London where demonstrators are likely to gather. "Are you honestly saying that the right to protest, the right to assemble, the right to free speech is limited by the ridicule it might cause to someone else?"

Americans in London have been warned to "keep a low profile" during the trip, while a crowd-funded "Trump Baby" blimp has been cleared for take-off on Friday morning outside Parliament House.

Trump's itinerary will keep him out of central London on Friday, when large protests are planned.

Trump was joining British Prime Minister Theresa May for a black-tie dinner Thursday at Blenheim Palace, Churchill's birthplace near Oxford, at the start of his trip to England. 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.

The two leaders are also expected to discuss Russia, Brexit and Middle East. "We have North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, then we have the United Kingdom, and then we have [Russian President Vladimir] Putin", Trump said, referencing his week-long stay in Europe.

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