Ceremony, political jibes mark Trump's first day in London

Saul Bowman
June 6, 2019

A projection of Donald Trump's United Kingdom approval rating on the Tower of London was part of protests against the US President's state visit on Monday.

Hundreds of thousands protested against him during a trip past year and a blimp depicting Trump as a snarling, nappy-clad baby will fly outside Britain's parliament during the visit. "What we want from all of our collections is for people to feel stimulated, to ask themselves questions".

With lunch at Buckingham Palace on the agenda for the afternoon, the 49-year-old made sure to pack a bespoke cream and navy Dolce and Gabbana dress in her suitcase.

State broadcaster the BBC also invited a smaller replica of the balloon into its studios Monday.

Trump was shown a statue of a horse by the Queen, seeing which he looked a bit puzzled, according to The Sun.

"Meghan Markle now is a member of the royal family: She can not be seen to be political".

The private tea was a rare chance for Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, to talk with Mr Trump in an informal setting without cameras present.

Owing to the fact that Queen Elizabeth II has gifted Trump with a 1959 first edition of The Second World War by Winston Churchill and a three-piece Duofold pen set, this present gaffe may well continue into the next Anglo-US meeting, a report by Express.co.uk wittily notes. "The bond between our nations was forever sealed in that great crusade".

"As we honour our shared victory and heritage, we affirm the common values that will unite us long into the future: freedom, sovereignty, self-determination, the rule of law and reference for the rights given to us by almighty God".

People holding banners protest outside Buckingham Palace during the state visit of U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump to Britain, in London, Britain, June 3, 2019.

Trump's remarks followed criticism Sunday from Khan, who dismissed the presidential visit.

On Monday, as he was flying in, President Trump attacked London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who has openly criticized the American president previously. The Duchess of Sussex is now on maternity leave and unlikely to cross Trump's path. Trump has previously boasted on tape that he could have had sex with Princess Diana if he'd wanted to.

During Tuesday's demonstration, organisers have been given permission by the Greater London Authority - headed by London Mayor Sadiq Khan - to fly a large inflatable nappy-wearing Donald Trump baby blimp over the city.

Responding to Trump's latest criticism of the London mayor, Khan's spokesman said: "This is much more serious than childish insults which should be beneath the President of the United States".

In the op-ed, Khan called Trump "one of the most egregious examples of a growing global threat" of the far right, likening the American president to Viktor Orbán in Hungary, Matteo Salvini in Italy, Marine Le Pen in France, and Nigel Farage in the United Kingdom.

The nasty exchanges came against a backdrop of high formality and regal pageantry as members of the Royal Family rolled out the red carpet for Mr. Trump, the first lady and their family.

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