Donald Trump 'fine' with protests as United Kingdom visit begins

Donald Trump 'fine' with protests as United Kingdom visit begins

His visit coincides with "a pretty hot spot, with many resignations", he noted before take-off from Brussels for London on Thursday, referring to the political crisis over the Brexit white paper.

A US V22 Osprey military aircraft returns to Winfield House, the London residence of United States ambassador Woody Johnson, shortly after Marine One left with Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump to take them to Blenheim Palace. "They trust us with stuff on intelligence", he said.

"It's an easy target, those people who are visibly different", they said.

"They say in the history of people coming to China there has been nothing like that".

Her Majesty will greet the pair at the dais in the Quadrangle of the Castle and a Guard of Honour, formed of the Coldstream Guards, will gather to give a royal salute and play the US National Anthem in honour of the pair.

A YouGov poll on Wednesday showed 77 percent of Britons had an unfavorable opinion of Trump and just 50 percent thought his visit should go ahead.

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Both Leonard and Harvie believe the Scottish government should rule out the use of the public airport for Trump's visit.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who signed off on the so-called "Trump Baby" blimp, defended the decision Thursday, arguing the protests were not anti-American. The president's eagerness to lay the blame for terrorism at Khan's feet suggests that he's motivated more by prejudice against him as a Muslim, rather than any genuine desire to help the country reduce violence.

In a break with tradition, American President Donald Trump will avoid as much of London as possible during his first official United Kingdom visit, but first lady Melania Trump will spend nearly all her time in the city, according to The Huffington Post.

Trump's trip coincides with a tumultuous week for May after two senior ministers resigned in protest at her plans for trade with the European Union after Britain leaves next March.

Johnson added that the President "appreciates free speech" and that he was "very focused on the special relationship" between the United States and the UK.

But Brexit champion Nigel Farage, a critic of May's Brexit plans - formally unveiled in a policy paper Thursday -predicted there would be "confrontation" on the visit. "Britain is going to have to look right around the world for allies with which to do trade deals".

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Speaking in Brussels as he wrapped up a contentious North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, Trump shrugged off concerns over demonstrations, saying he had "great friendships" in Britain, where his mother was born.

Trump is due to leave Britain on Sunday for talks in Helsinki the following day with Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose government stands accused by May's of unleashing a lethal nerve agent in the city of Salisbury.

First Lady Melania Trump arrives at Blenheim Palace on July 12, 2018, in Woodstock, England.

His "America First" policies, including the decision to pull the USA out of the Paris climate accord and the nuclear deal with Iran, also have brought him into conflict with Britain's leaders over substantive geopolitical issues.

Outside the mansion, near Oxford to the northwest of London, a couple of thousand demonstrators lined the road and booed Trump's arrival, one of over 100 protests police expect to take place during his four-day trip.

On Friday, Trump will meet May and her newly appointed Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt at the prime minister's countryside retreat, Chequers.

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