Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

Theresa May aims to boost US-UK relations during Donald Trump visit

Donald Trump hoping to dodge mass protests during this week's UK visit Trump will spend the weekend in Scotland at one of his golf courses
| 13 July, 2018, 07:57

Trump Baby, designed as a statement of protest as Trump visits the United Kingdom this weekend, was brought to life by a crowdfunding campaign, which exceeded its initial £5,000 (S$9,000) target so exponentially that there are now plans to take the balloon around the world, following - and taunting - the USA president wherever he goes.

"Whatever Sadiq Khan thinks about Donald Trump, he should not put that personal enmity above the fact that President Trump is the leader of the biggest and most important country in the world".

A mass demonstration is planned for Friday, which is expected to draw more than 50,000 people according to a Facebook event.

"I hope Americans in Britain will join the protests against Donald Trump on Friday in their thousand", he tweeted.

When asked directly if Trump would meet Johnson, U.S. Ambassador in London Woody Johnson told BBC Radio: "I'm not sure".

Trump has been quick to criticize British society, telling a National Rifle Association convention in May that the British didn't have guns but had so much knife crime that one hospital was like a military war zone with its floors awash with blood, a false statement quickly rebutted by British physicians and politicians.

Then, on Friday, he meets the Queen at Windsor Castle before making his way to Scotland for the rest of the visit.


A statement on the United States embassy website warns U.S. citizens to "be aware of your surroundings [and] exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings that may become violent".

Ahead of his arrival, she said: "When we leave the European Union we will begin to chart a new course for Britain in the world and our global alliances will be stronger than ever".

The 36-year-old, who described Mr Trump's rhetoric as not "entirely to my taste", said she believes he is a proud American nationalist who has generally stuck to the pledges he made to voters.

Equally, she said people have a right to protest against policies they do not agree with.

Other planned protests will occur near Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire where Trump will attend a black-tie dinner and on Thursday outside the US's ambassador's residence in London where Trump and Melania will spend their evening.

Amid reports that the government is working to bring a major police presence to the demonstrations, Amnesty International warned British authorities against attempting to stamp out freedom of expression in an effort to "appease their visitors".

He again postponed his visit in January this year after remarking that the relocation of the United States embassy in London was a "bad deal" made by President Obama, and that he was not interested in cutting the ribbon at the opening.

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