Trump dodges London protests for tea with Queen Elizabeth

Cheryl Sanders
July 12, 2018

Meanwhile, London Mayor Sadiq Khan has granted permission for a giant inflatable figure depicting Mr Trump as a baby to fly over Westminster for two hours on the second day of the president's visit.

"Numerous demonstrations are being planned for July 12 to 14, 2018, surrounding the visit of the President of the United States to the United Kingdom", the USA embassy said in the alert on its website.

"I'm not for or against him coming, but I hope he doesn't come here and do something negative".

Leo Murray, an environmental campaigner who is leading the stunt, told the Guardian: "People in Scotland are past masters when it comes to protesting against Trump".

The couple will attend a gala dinner at Blenheim Palace out in the countryside on Thursday evening.

While tens of thousands of Brits are set to protest Donald Trump's visit on Thursday, one pub in west London will be welcoming him with open arms.


The protesters say that they have also contacted the first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, asking her to personally sanction the flying of the balloon, which depicts the United States president as an angry baby wearing a nappy.

Similar protests are planned on Thursday evening outside the U.S. ambassador's home at Regent's Park and in Scotland when Mr Trump visits on Saturday.

The President and First Lady will then travel to Windsor Castle to meet The Queen.

On the U.S. embassy: Trump cancelled his first planned visit earlier this year, saying the embassy's move from Grosvenor Square in Mayfair district to an "off location" at Nine Elms, south of the Thames, was a "bad deal".

It is not simply the protesters, who are expected to dog Trump throughout his visit, including his weekend in Scotland, but his fraught relationship with political leaders accustomed to harmonious exchanges with USA leaders, a tradition of unity that goes back at least to the vital World War II partnership of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill.

National newspapers have reported that as many as 10,000 police officers will be part of plans - named Operation Manifold - to protect the president and deal with predicted protests. That led roughly half a million people to sign a petition calling for Trump to be banned from entering the UK.


Donald Trump on a previous visit to Turnberry in 2016.

Donald Trump arrives in Britain today for a working visit. Still, lawmakers had no qualms about publicly calling Trump a demagogue and a fool.

The US president has angered many in Britain in the last two years with a series of actions and pronouncements.

The request as Trump is expected to meet with multiple protests during his first visit to the country since taking office.

Khan has criticized Trump repeatedly over the president's political views, saying earlier this year that Trump is "not welcome" in London.


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