Trump arrives United Kingdom for first State visit

Jul 13, 2018, 03:29
Trump arrives United Kingdom for first State visit

After a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit where he provoked a crisis session to force allies to raise their defence spending, Trump landed in Britain having described the closest USA ally in Europe as being in turmoil over Brexit.

Donald Trump will receive a guard of honour when he meets the Queen at Windsor Castle.

During the dinner, they reaffirmed their strong alliance and vowed to jointly fight against terrorism and Russian aggression.

"We are expecting hundreds of thousands of people in London wanting their voices heard because they reject the normalization of a Trump agenda-one that is based around hate and divisiveness", said the Stop Trump Coalition.

Trump will even meet the Queen over the course of his visit, which will be the 12th such meeting from a US President.

There are also plans for protestors to gather close to the USA ambassador's residence in Regent's Park, where Trump and his wife, Melania, will stay overnight on Thursday.

Of course, the Trumps did not attend the event; nor did any other former US presidents, most likely because the royal family follows a rule that prohibits its members from taking a political stance.

Many Britons are opposed to Trump's trip which is not the full state visit he was originally promised with the pomp and ceremony that entails. I think they agree with me on immigration.

Several protests are due to take place in the capital during President Trump's visit; however, Trump will likely miss them as he will be attending events at Blenheim Palace, Prime Minister Theresa May's country home at Chequers, and Windsor Castle. "While it is reasonable for the police to put in place measures for safety, it would be unprecedented for such a major demonstration to be denied permission for a stage".

Trump will then spend a private weekend in Scotland with his wife, where he owns two golf resorts.

The plans laid out Thursday in a 98-page government paper gave Britain's most detailed answer yet to the question of what will replace them.

She added: "They will be talking to teams on the ground and they will be liaising with police services up and down the country".

"We in this country, and I hope I do not regret saying this, are very good at this sort of thing".

The US President arrives after giving North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders a tongue-lashing in Brussels over defence spending and controversial comments about Britain being in "turmoil".

Rarely has a foreign leader been so mocked on an official visit - London's mayor, Sadiq Khan, a Muslim who has challenged Trump's worldview OK'd the balloon, which is an apt symbol of Trump's tempestuous relationship with Britain, traditionally the United States' closest ally.

Before the Sun interview was published, Ms May invoked Winston Churchill as she addressed Mr Trump and business leaders at a black-tie dinner at Blenheim Palace, the grand 18th-century country house which was the British World War II leader's birthplace.

Ahead of his arrival the PM said she would use the visit to "forge a strengthened, ambitious and future-proof trade partnership" with the USA after Brexit.

In a statement ahead of Trump's arrival, she said the visit would focus on trade and strengthening defence and security ties, saying there was no stronger alliance than Britain's "special relationship with the USA".

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