Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
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Trump arrives United Kingdom for first State visit

Trump arrives United Kingdom for first State visit

The controversial visit is set to cost the United Kingdom £30M and will see British special forces deployed on the streets of the capital on Friday.

US President Donald Trump arrived in London on Thursday on a two-day visit and said he is "fine" about the protests expected to be held during his tour, saying Britons "like me a lot".

Mr Trump will touch down for his highly controversial four-day trip which has sparked protests and demonstrations in the capital leaving taxpayers footing a police and security bill of up to £10 million.

In the weeks before the American president's inauguration, May sent Trump a copy of the text of Churchill's 1941 Christmas Eve radio address to Americans, delivered while the prime minister was staying with U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

In an alert on Tuesday, the U.S. Embassy in London warned citizens about "numerous demonstrations" planned between Thursday and Sunday that could "attract large crowds" less than friendly to U.S. citizens.

And if the President makes an impromptu appearance at the Trump Arms? It will hover above Parliament Square later this week during the president's visit.

A high metal fence has been erected around the US 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. See PA story POLITICS Trump. The proposal was debated in parliament where Trump was heavily criticized.

The city appears to not be the president's biggest fan - plans for a formal state visit were put on hold past year after hundreds of thousands of people threatened to protest. "It's not for me to decide what's in good taste or bad taste". Her counterpart Philip May will join her on this engagement.

Melania and Mr Trump will arrive at Stansted airport on Thursday at midday after attending the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels.

The prime minister will host a gala dinner and a meeting with Trump, giving them time to talk.


In fact, just the opposite, they say. "They trust us on issues to do with nuclear missiles in a way that they don't trust any other country".

But that could change.

The economic and trade relationship with the U.S.is also vital: The U.S.is the U.K.'s single largest trading partner. The future of its ties is uncertain, muddied by confusion over Brexit.

"I partially won an election because of immigration", he said, also pointing to Italy's recent vote, in which Giuseppe Conte took government after campaigning on a populist anti-immigration platform.

"You see, what's going on throughout the world with immigration..."

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

At the same time, Trump will be touring a defense site with May outside of London.

A protest was expected to take place near Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, the venue for President Trump " s black-tie dinner with Theresa May.

He will then travel to Helsinki for a summit with Russian president Vladimir Putin.

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