Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Trump touches down in United Kingdom on first official visit as president

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Melinda Barton | 12 July, 2018, 19:12

More than 50,000 people have signed up to demonstrate in London, where they intend to fly an oversized balloon depicting the president as an angry baby in a diaper.

There will also be a "Stop Trump" march in central London expected to be attended by thousands.

Trump was flying over after a fraught North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels where he piled pressure on allies to double their defence spending. "It's not for me to decide what's in good taste or bad taste".

Despite the welcome from May, many Britons are opposed to Trump's visit.

Last month, Labour member of Parliament Gavin Shuker ran down a list of objections to Trump: the separation of migrant families and detention of children; the US departure from the United Nations' Human Rights Council; the USA president's praise for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Already his visit has triggered the largest United Kingdom police mobilization since 2011, the Guardian reported.

May will host a black-tie dinner for Trump at the stately home that will be attended by senior ministers and about 100 business leaders, including the likes of Blackstone group, Blackrock, Diageo, McLaren and Arup. "They trust us with stuff on intelligence", he said.

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.

The economic and trade relationship with the U.S.is also vital: The U.S.is the U.K.'s single largest trading partner. "But maybe they're taking a little bit of a different route, so I don't know if that's what they voted for". "You see what " s going on throughout the world with immigration.

Unlike visits from previous presidents, he won't be spending much time in London after his arrival.

The trip includes meetings with Prime Minister Theresa May, who has described the U.S. as Britain's strongest ally, and is determined to secure a trade deal after the country acts on Brexit and leaves the European Union in March 2019.

Prime Minister May office said that she expected Donald Trump to discuss with President Putin issues like the Salisbury nerve agent attack on former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

The president and his wife Melania are due to arrive in Scotland on Friday evening after meeting the Queen at Windsor Castle.