Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
World News | By Joan Terry

Donald Trump lands in a United Kingdom 'in turmoil'; baby blimp awaits

Donald Trump lands in a United Kingdom 'in turmoil'; baby blimp awaits

Mr Trump and his wife Melania landed at Stansted on Air Force One at 1.50pm local time before a helicopter took them to the U.S. ambassador's residence in London.

The prime minister's plan "will definitely affect trade with the United States, unfortunately in a negative way", Trump said.

"It is in the interests of the U.K.to stand up and take a firm moral stance", said Zoe Gardner, a researcher and spokesperson of the Stop Trump Coalition, which is organizing protests this week in cities across the country. You see what's going on throughout the world with immigration. "They agree with me on immigration".

When asked whether he'd like to see the United Kingdom pull further from the United Kingdom and opt for a "hard Brexit", Trump told reporters "It's not for me to say", and stuck to this line when pushed harder for comment.

Mr Trump's planned visit has been met with plenty of anger, with 50,000 protesters expected to take to the streets of central London on Friday.

Later, asked about Theresa May's plan for leaving the European Union, he echoed the British Prime Minister's own words that "Brexit should mean Brexit".

While it is not unusual for heads of state to visit Windsor Castle or meet the UK Prime Minister in her country home, it is quite unusual for an American president not to spend any time in London.

U.S. ambassador Woody Johnson insisted the balloon was not a fair representation of British views.

Protesters against the visit of US President Donald Trump gather with placards at a barrier set up to block access to the US ambassador's residence Winfield House in Regents Park in London.

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There is more to the 20-feet high balloon caricature - which depicts the leader as an angry infant wearing a nappy and clutching a mobile phone - than mockery, demonstrator Sheila Menon said.

During the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, Trump said the United States will "negotiate a fair deal if that's possible" and that America will "end up doing something very good with China".

While she hopes the Trump visit will focus on trade and strengthening security ties, it is likely to be heavy on rhetoric about the transatlantic "special relationship" and short on specifics such as any details of a post-Brexit trade deal.

Ignoring all diplomatic niceties, the convention-shredding USA president set up the four-day visit with a rebuke of his beleaguered host as she battles to stop her government falling apart over Brexit.

Shrugging off the plans for mass protests, which will include a giant baby-shaped blimp bearing Trump's features, he said in Brussels: "They like me a lot in the UK".

After the visit, Trump will decamp to Finland for a one-on-one with Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 16.

Blenheim Palace is the birthplace of Winston Churchill, one of Trump's heroes and whose bust is on display in the Oval Office.

"There comes a time when citizens and governments around the world have to draw a line in the sand", she says.

Prime Minister May will host the reception, attended by a bevy of British business leaders from a range of sectors.

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