Donald Trump lands in a United Kingdom 'in turmoil'; baby blimp awaits

Ross Houston
July 12, 2018

Amid mass protests against the president's visit, Donald Trump's itinerary features a relatively short stay in London, with a lavish black-tie dinner to be held for him at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire on Thursday night.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who signed off on the so-called "baby Trump" blimp, defended the decision Thursday, arguing the protests were not anti-American but emblematic of free speech.

According to his itinerary at this point, his only formal event in London - where his unpopularity is high - is a closed press meet and greet at the USA embassy on Thursday.

Downing Street has said that the dinner, at the birthplace and ancestral home of Britain's war-time prime minister Winston Churchill, is meant to "celebrate the strong business links between our two countries" at a time when the United Kingdom is hoping to strike a free trade deal with the U.S. following Brexit.

Protests are also anticipated in Britain, where the Stand Up to Trump group prepared for a "Carnival of Resistance".

The U.S. Embassy has warned U.S. citizens to keep a low profile during the visit because of the protests, the sort of warning usually issued in more volatile locations.


But, he added: "Whether he sees it, whether he reacts to it, we don't really care".

Trump flew in after a fraught North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels where he piled pressure on allies to double their defense spending.

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.

Evie is also excited to see the planned "Trump baby" blimp which is due to fly over London and Scotland when he visits.

A high fence has been erected around the USA 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.

"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.


On arrival in London, Trump and first lady Melania Trump headed for Winfield House, the residence of U.S. Ambassador to Britain Woody Johnson, where the Beatles song We Can Work It Out played outside. "The U.S. pays tens of Billions of Dollars too much to subsidize Europe, and loses Big on Trade!"

Prime Minister May has abundant reasons to seek a close relationship with Trump - not least, the United States will be an even more vital trade partner once Britain leaves the European Union next year - but it is an uneasy embrace, given her opposition to many of his key policies.

Another man, who did not wish to give his name, said: "It was very complimentary to England and to the allies that we have, very positive".

They will then move on to Chequers, the prime minister's country retreat in Buckinghamshire, for a working lunch and "bilateral talks on a range of global issues".

The president and his wife will attend a dinner, hosted by Mrs May, at Blenheim Palace - the ancestral home of former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill - in the evening.

Donald Trump's July visit to the UK will be his first as president of the United States. Trump and the first lady will then have tea with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle in the afternoon.


She also plans to shift the focus during the rest of Mr. Trump's visit, hoping to steer him toward talk about trade and the growing threat of Russian Federation.

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