Published: Fri, July 13, 2018

Thousands take to London's streets to protest at Trump visit

Thousands take to London's streets to protest at Trump visit

After intensive talks at Chequers in the wake of an interview in which he said the Prime Minister's Brexit plans would kill off a trade deal with America, the United States president told Mrs May "whatever you do is OK with me" but urged her to "make sure we can trade together".

British tabloid newspaper The Sun published an interview with Trump on Thursday, where the president blasted May's Brexit negotiations, as well as European immigration policy, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Trump, who has compared the June 2016 referendum in which a majority of British voters supported leaving the European Union to his own election that year, accused May of abandoning British voters with her Brexit plans.

"We are going to be discussing the real opportunities we have got to have this trade deal coming up when we leave the European Union".

All eyes will be on Theresa May this afternoon as the PM prepares to host a joint press conference with Donald Trump at her Chequers residence. More than 60,000 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 British government on Thursday published its long-awaited Brexit blueprint aimed at restarting stalled talks with the European Union, only for it to be panned by eurosceptics, the City of London and the United States president.

Speaking to TIME about Trump's comments at the launch of the blimp on Friday morning, one of the activists responsible said: "Great".

Due to his famously fragile ego, President Trump will mostly avoid London on his United Kingdom visit. "I didn't criticize the prime minister", he said.

Mr Khan said however he planned on being the "bigger man" over the feud and not rise to taunts by Trump. He obviously likes me, and says very good things about me'.

Al Jazeera's Neave Barker, reporting from London, said Trump is seen as a "divisive figure" by the protesters.

A statement on its website reads, "We will make it clear to the British government that it's not OK to normalize Trump's agenda and the hate and fear it has sparked".

In this photo taken on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, a six-meter high cartoon baby blimp of U.S. President Donald Trump stands inflated during a practice session in Bingfield Park, north London.

It added: "It was the latest worldwide incident to erupt during Trump's brief sojourn overseas, which kicked off with incendiary comments that upended a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels and further strained relationships with longtime U.S. allies".

From there he will be helicoptered to Windsor Castle to meet the Queen. "I think it changed the fabric of Europe and, unless you act very quickly, it's never going to be what it was and I don't mean that in a positive way".

In contrast to the president's sharp words, Trump's first event in England was an oasis of warm greetings at an evening reception Thursday at Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Winston Churchill, the larger-than-life British leader cited by the president as a model of leadership.

The press conference comes as thousands of people protest in London against his visit.

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