Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
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Trump's United Kingdom visit has high potential for embarrassment

Trump's United Kingdom visit has high potential for embarrassment

US President Donald Trump arrives here today for a visit that could not have been worst timed.

Air Force One touched down at 1.50pm on a private airfield close to the airport where three MV-22 Osprey helicopters - used to transport his staff and security team - and two VH-60N White Hawks were waiting. And with a giant "Trump Baby" balloon set to fly in the air over multiple demonstrations, US officials urged Americans to "keep a low profile" in the English capital.

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.

In fact, just the opposite, they say.

"So I would imagine that's what they will do, but maybe they will take a little bit of a different route". "It's really kind of irrelevant to what we're trying to do, and doesn't express the opinion of the British people that I've met", he told the BBC's Today programme.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and the official tasked with overseeing the country's exit from the European Union both resigned earlier this week.

The Stop Trump Coalition accused the president of being "too scared to face protestors".

In a statement ahead of Trump's arrival, she said the visit would focus on trade and strengthening defence and security ties, saying there was no stronger alliance than Britain's "special relationship with the USA".

"There is no stronger alliance than that of our special relationship with the United States and there will be no alliance more important in the years ahead", the British leader said. "This week we have an opportunity to deepen this unique trading relationship and begin discussions about how we will forge a strengthened, ambitious and future-proof trade partnership".

But Trump is unlikely to see many of those who have mobilized to protest against his visit.

"I think they like me in the UK".

He is also expected to visit Scotland - where he owns two golf courses - before heading back to the US. "I'm very strong on immigration".

Opponents to the controversial United States leader have threatened mass protests but Mr Trump is expected to avoid areas such as central London where demonstrators are likely to gather. It will be a deliberately low-key arrival with United Kingdom government sources saying that there will be no "red carpet treatment".

"I would love to say that I think this is going to be a hugely successful visit but I think it's going to be very hard", he said at a pro-Trump gathering in parliament.

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.

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

The two leaders are also expected to discuss Russia, Brexit and Middle East.

From there, Trump and his wife Melania are expected to travel to Windsor to meet Queen Elizabeth.

Trump and his wife, First Lady Melania, will land at London's Stanstead airport after attending a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels.

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