Trump dodges London protests for tea with Queen Elizabeth

Evarado Alatorre
Julio 12, 2018

US President Donald Trump will arrive in the United Kingdom on Thursday to start a four-day visit that will see him meet the Queen and head to Scotland.

One such protest will entail a 19-foot-high orange balloon shaped like Trump as a baby, which London Mayor Sadiq Khan - who's feuded with the president - approved under "the right to peaceful protest".

Asked if his trip to Menie had been arranged to coincide with his father's presidential visit, Eric Trump said: "We had it planned a little bit before, and they happened to link up, so it's exciting".

Rarely has a foreign leader been so mocked on an official visit - London's mayor, a Muslim who has challenged Mr. Trump's world view - okayed the balloon, which is an apt symbol of Mr. Trump's tempestuous relationship with Britain, traditionally the United States' closest ally.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to march through London in protest against Mr Trump's visit and some of his actions during his first 18 months in power.

The President is arriving from Belgium's capital after attending a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels after he sat down with leaders of the military alliance to discuss its spending on defence. "Everywhere he goes there are protests, so I don't think it really makes a big impression on him".

A small demonstration is expected to take place near Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire on Thursday, the venue for Trump's black-tie dinner with May on Thursday evening.

Ahead of Mr Trump's visit, the PM said: "Our trade and investment relationship is unrivalled, we are the largest investors in each other's economies and every day a million British people go to work for US companies in the UK and a million Americans go to work for UK companies in the US".

At the time, Khan said he has more important things to do than respond to Trump's tweet, which he described as ill-informed and out-of-context.

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Mr and Mrs Trump will head to Scotland for the weekend, where they aren't expected to be involved in any official commitments.

"He's come out of the woodwork now and I've seen it the last few days; there's huge positivity for what we've done here".

"We are confident that there will be huge demonstrations against Trump wherever he visits", said Chris Nineham, of the Stop the War Coalition, which is helping to stage the so-called "carnival of protest".

It has been confirmed however that Trump will only very briefly visit London.

Eric Trump is playing golf at the Trump International Golf Links at Menie, Aberdeenshire, and also plans to visit Trump Turnberry, near Girvan, South Ayrshire.

Equally, she said people have a right to protest against policies they do not agree with.

Britain "is in somewhat turmoil", Trump said before departing Washington, remarking that dealing with Putin might surprisingly be the easiest part of the European trip.

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.

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