Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

Trump arrives in United Kingdom to pomp and protest

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This is as close he will get to any sign of a protest, but police cordons and security will be in place. Any contravention, it warns, "could result in force being used against you, your arrest and/or prosecution".

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

"Yes, there might be protests", he said.

It comes as thousands of Scots prepare to greet the President by staging two major protests against his visit, the first in Glasgow on Friday evening and the second in Edinburgh on Saturday. The first lady wore a bodycon beige dress, cinched with an orange skinny belt, accessorized with beige stilettos. Despite criticism from the SNP and Labour, Mundell is said to be "looking forward" to meeting with the USA president.

It comes just days after the president declined to say whether Mrs May should remain in post, declared he had "always liked" Boris Johnson, who quit as foreign secretary over the Chequers agreement, and described the United Kingdom as being in "turmoil".

Trump is on a "working visit" rather than a full state occasion.

May will seek to put the tensions behind her when she hosts Trump later Thursday for a black-tie dinner with business leaders at Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of World War II prime minister Winston Churchill.

Treated to a grand performance of Amazing Grace upon arrival, the couple enjoyed a fanfare welcome by Welsh, Irish and Scottish Guards' bands, posing for photos before events proceeded inside.

The performance included a bagpiper playing Amazing Grace.

Trump may not be able to ignore the presence of protesters entirely.


Protesters have been encouraged to bring pots, drums and vuvuzelas. "Be aware of your surroundings (and) exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings that may become violent", it added.

A 19-foot-tall orange balloon, shaped to look like a baby version of President Trump, will be flown in central London.

The president is expected to head to Scotland on Friday night and spend the weekend at his Turnberry golf resort in South Ayrshire.

The US president also took potshots at the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. As of Thursday morning, more than 1,900 people had contributed to a crowdfunding campaign for the balloon, raising more than £30,000 (nearly $40,000). "I actually told Theresa May how to do it but she didn't agree, she didn't listen to me", he said.

"I think he has done a bad job on crime, if you look, all of the frightful things going on there, with all of the crime that is being brought in", Trump said of Khan.

'I also represent a lot of people in Europe because a lot of people from Europe are in the United States'. Vince Cable, the leader of the pro-EU Liberal Democrats, said, "Most of us don't think he is particularly good judge on Brexit or anything else".

"Allowing the immigration to take place in Europe is a shame", he said. "That is exactly what we will do".

"He's fundamentally damaging the culture, the discourse, the rules, the laws", said Calah Singleton, a 28-year-old writer who turned out in London.

According to comments, Trump seems to have high esteem for The Queen and is a sitting President, but is still expected to acknowledge proper etiquette during the visit.

Protests are expected against Trump, whose policies - including a travel ban on a number of predominantly Muslim countries, the detention of child migrants on the US-Mexico border and the imposition of tariffs on European Union steel and aluminium exports - have all been criticised by the UK.

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