Trump's United Kingdom visit has high potential for embarrassment

Saul Bowman
July 13, 2018

Mr Trump and his wife will spend their first night in Britain at Winfield House in the park, which is the US Ambassador's residence in London.

More than 50,000 people have signed up to demonstrate in London on Friday when protesters intend to fly a large balloon over parliament portraying Trump as an orange, snarling baby.

The divisive American leader, arriving after a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, will be largely away from London during a tour expected to bring at least tens of thousands of people onto British streets.

"Yes, there might be protests", he said.

Trump "has proudly sparked passionate often divisive emotions about things, I think Americans living here to eager to turn out and express their views", he said.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to protest against Trump's visit in central London on Friday, citing his alleged Islamophobia, controversial policies and "incendiary rhetoric" towards people with disabilities and the LGBTQ community. NHS may have challenges but I'm proud to be from the country that invented universal coverage - where all get care no matter the size of their bank balance.

Trump may not be able to ignore the presence of protesters entirely.

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

A statement on the USA embassy website warns United States citizens to "be aware of your surroundings (and) exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings that may become violent".

This week's stop will be categorized as a "working visit" - without the elaborate trappings such as a horse parade or a state dinner at Buckingham Palace.

On Thursday, Trump will travel to Blenheim Palace, the 18th-century stately home where Britain's World War Two leader Winston Churchill was born and spent most of his childhood.

Until then, it'll be floating around at Parliament Square Garden, right next to the Houses of Parliament. 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).

"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 U.S. companies in the United Kingdom and a million Americans go to work for United Kingdom companies in the U.S.", May said.

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.

Mr and Mrs Trump will also join the Queen for tea at the Castle.

"I think it's fine".

Blimp organizer Leo Murray said it had been created to speak to Trump "in a language that he understands, which is personal insults". "Dems want to greatly raise taxes for really bad and non-personal medical care". Erm, don't you have work you should be doing Theresa?

A mass protest has been organised against Trump on Friday, July 13, the report added.

While Trump is expected to have a busy schedule throughout his visit, there is at least one place that he will avoid: central London.

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