As He Lands In UK, Trump Says ''Fine'' With Protests

Florence Fletcher
July 13, 2018

"With a lot of resignations", Trump told a news conference at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels.

"They will. I have no doubt about it", he said. "I think that's why Brexit happened". In fact, during past visits, both Barack Obama and George W. Bush spent a night at Buckingham Palace, and although the latter also did not receive a warm reception in London, he nonetheless made sure to make several stops during a 2003 visit.

Protesters were expected to rally during his visit. The balloon depicts the president as an angry orange baby, wearing a diaper and clutching a cellphone, ready to tweet.

Opposition MPS, backed by an online petition signed by almost 1.9 million people, called on May to cancel the state visit offered when she met Trump in Washington after his inauguration in January a year ago. The first lady will remain in London on Friday when protests are set to take place.

"We need to ensure there is a balance between protection and public safety and the public's right to peacefully protest". A YouGov poll on Wednesday showed 77 percent of Britons had an unfavourable opinion of the president and just 50 percent thought his visit should go ahead. That prompted almost half a million people to sign a petition calling for him to be banned from the UK. There was no vote and no ban was imposed.

Topics addressed by Trump in the two and a half minute time-frame include the many properties he owns in Ireland and Scotland, how he has nothing to say about Brexit, how he won the state of Wisconsin even though Ronald Reagan did not and finally, his sentiments about Ireland.

He again postponed his visit in January this year after remarking that the relocation of the USA 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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Trump will spend four days in the United Kingdom from Thursday, where he will meet with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Theresa May.

The state visit was never actually scheduled - there has been fierce opposition to it in many quarters of Britain - and this trip is part of a working visit instead, meaning among other things that Mr. Trump will overnight at Winfield House, the US ambassador's handsome residence near Regents Park, rather than at Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle as a guest of the queen.

In June of previous year, Trump mocked Khan for his handling of the London Bridge terror attack and called him "pathetic".

The US Embassy in Britain has urged Americans to "keep a low profile" during the president's visit to London. However, he will take tea with the queen.

Trump's wife is also concerned about how the British people will be viewing her and her husband during the trip.

May is hoping that Trump's trip will create closer ties and help forge a future free trade deal for once Britain leaves the EU.

"And I said Putin may be the easiest of them all", he continued. She also said that it's an opportunity to strengthen cooperation on security.

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