Donald Trump and Melania arrive at Theresa May's banquet amid protests

Arnold Nichols
July 13, 2018

"People are protesting the visit of President Trump, demonstrating their opposition to his bigotry and racism - comparing migrants to poisonous snakes, Mexicans to murderers and rapists - and state-sanctioned child abuse, and that is their right to do so", Carden said, addressing Nick Hurd, Britain's minister of state for policing and fire services.

"The U.S. pays tens of Billions of Dollars too much to subsidize Europe, and loses Big on Trade!"

A 19-foot-tall orange balloon, shaped to look like a baby version of President Trump, will be flown in central London.

The president is expected to avoid areas where major demonstrations are planned in protest at his visit.

The demonstrators plan to loft a large blimp-like balloon over the skies beside Westminster Palace, depicting a bronzed "Trump Baby" in diapers, clutching a mobile phone.

The drag artists will meet in Soho, before protesting down Shaftesbury Avenue and joining the Women's March London "Bring The Noise" parade through to Parliament Square.

A high fence has been erected around the U.S. ambassador's central London residence where Trump will spend Thursday night and the embassy has sent out an alert warning Americans in London to keep a low profile in case protests turn violent. Trump had previously chastised under-spending members for failing to reach the 2 percent threshold required of all North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies by 2024.

While he is in London, Trump will have tea with the Queen and talks with Prime Minister Theresa May.

"It's important for us to send a powerful signal to those who are resisting and campaigning in America that we are standing in solidarity with them", Rehman said.

However, Mr Trump declared the British people like him a lot, as he began his first official visit to the country.

Protests coinciding with Mr Trump's visit are set to take place in Glasgow this evening and in Edinburgh on Saturday.


Trump countered that concern, saying that he will raise the issue and that he is "not happy about Crimea".

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 USA departure from the United Nations' Human Rights Council; the US president's praise for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

34-year-old Eric flew into Aberdeen Airport on a Trump plane earlier today, with his father flying into the United Kingdom around lunchtime ahead of a meeting with the Prime Minister and the Queen.

Labour Party legislator Paul Flynn, who has criticized Mr. Trump in Parliament, says the US leader has outraged Britons - and people around the world - with his harsh treatment of immigrants.

It would be a blow for Britain to lose that special status, said Shashank Joshi, a British security analyst.

"On top of it all, Germany just started paying Russian Federation, the country they want protection from, Billions of Dollars for their Energy needs coming out of a new pipeline from Russian Federation", read another.

But that could change. The future of its ties is uncertain, muddied by confusion over Brexit.

"I've been reading a lot about Brexit over the last couple of days. I'm going to a pretty hot spot right now, a lot of resignations".

Yet according to David Wemer of the Atlantic Council, a new U.S. -U.K. trade deal isn't a high priority for the Trump administration.

May will host a black-tie dinner for Trump there, attended by senior ministers and about 100 business leaders, including from Blackstone group, Blackrock, Diageo, McLaren and Arup.

On Friday, Trump will meet with Prime Minister Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth II and then spend the weekend at one of his private golf courses in Scotland.

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