‘They like me a lot,’ says Trump. 100,000 United Kingdom protesters disagree

Esequiel Farfan
Julio 13, 2018

A sign attached to the fence reads: "No access - do not enter".

The Metropolitan Police will be responsible for the protection and security of the United States president and will also try to ensure lawful protests can be staged. "This includes armed patrols, dog patrols, monitored CCTV and other measures".

"Maybe they're taking a little bit of a different route [on Brexit], so I don't know if that's what they voted for", he told a press conference after the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels.

Trump left Brussels shortly after speaking to reporters and boarded Air Force One for the trip to London, where he will attend a state dinner Thursday night.

"There is no stronger alliance than that of our special relationship with the U.S. and there will be no alliance more important in the years ahead", the British leader said.

Nearly two million people signed a petition demanding he be banned from the United Kingdom because they believe he is sexist and racist and "Stop Trump" campaigners say he will face a "Wall of Sound" outside all the landmarks he visits because supporters will bang pots and pans.

After arriving by helicopter, Trump stood alongside May on a red carpet on the steps of Blenheim Palace while a military band of British army guardsmen, wearing tall black bearskin hats and red jackets, performed for the two leaders and their spouses. The music will have an American flavor, with the "Liberty Fanfare" and the "National Emblem" chosen alongside "Amazing Grace".

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Asked why the group is protesting against Trump, drag artist Cheddar Gorgeous told PinkNews: "Are you kidding me?"

"U.K. and USA special forces will be involved in a demonstration which will involve a counter-terrorism scenario and an outdoor capabilities demonstration showing equipment that the [British] special forces use when they conduct joint operations with their US counterparts", the Downing Street spokeswoman added.

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The US Embassy has warned American citizens to keep a low profile during the visit in case protests turn violent.

On Friday he'll meet Theresa May at the prime minister's country house, Chequers - and he'll meet the Queen at Windsor Castle while protests take place in London. A giant inflatable depiction of Trump as a almost naked baby will hover above Parliament Square.

London mayor Sadiq Khan has given the okay for a giant orange blimp to fly over the streets of the capital. As of Thursday morning, more than 1,900 people had contributed to a crowdfunding campaign for the balloon, raising more than £30,000 (nearly $40,000). She said they will discuss security and defense, an aspect of the relationship that is causing anxiety for some British politicians. She also plans to shift the focus during the rest of Mr. Trump's visit, hoping to steer him toward talk about trade and the growing threat of Russian Federation.

But just before take-off, Mr Trump insisted Britons "like me a lot" and "agree with me on immigration".

"I think it's amusing".

"We'll see where it leads", Trump said.

But, he added: "Whether he sees it, whether he reacts to it, we don't really care". "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. Tens of thousands, or more, are expected to participate.

During his 4-day visit to Great Britain, Trump plans to focus on Iran, the economy and trade. The speaker of Britain's parliament has said Trump would not be welcome to address it.

Mr Trump will spend the weekend in Scotland where he has two golf courses and plans to play at least once.

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