Donald Trump visit to United Kingdom 'in turmoil' inspires baby blimp protest

Clay Curtis
July 12, 2018

Donald Trump has raised doubts over the UK's handling of the Brexit negotiations suggesting the Prime Minister was not delivering what the people had voted for in the European Union referendum.

In January, the US president canceled a planned visit to London to open the new US Embassy, calling it a bad deal in a poor location.

"I just want the people to be happy".

"Our trade and investment relationship is unrivaled - we are the largest investors in each other's economies and every day a million British people go to work for US companies in the United Kingdom and a million Americans go to work for United Kingdom companies in the US", May said.

"I'd like to see them be able to work it out so it could go quickly". The people voted to break it up so I would imagine that's what they would do, but maybe they're taking a different route - I don't know if that is what they voted for'.

The Stop Trump Coalition accused the president of being "too scared to face protestors".

May's "business-friendly" Brexit proposal was agreed by her cabinet only last Friday after two years of wrangling since Britons voted to leave the bloc in a 2016 referendum, though some supporters of Brexit cast it as a betrayal.

Top it off with the introduction of trade policies that have targeted some European industries - even though European nations are longtime friends accustomed to easy trade with the United States - and it is not surprising that Mr. Trump's itinerary will keep him out of central London on Friday, when large protests are planned.

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Mr Trump arrives Thursday afternoon following a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels and largely avoids the capital's centre and the protesters.

Security is still a cornerstone of the relationship, as are trade and less tangible things like shared language and the fact that many Americans are proud of their British roots.

May hopes Trump, who landed at Stansted airport before flying by helicopter to the USA ambassador's London residence, will help to accelerate a future free trade deal, though his public comments on Brexit cast a shadow over the visit.

Trump next heads to Windsor Castle later Friday for tea with the queen, as protesters stage a mass demonstration in London.

The prime minister will host a gala dinner and a meeting with Trump, giving them time to talk.

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

He is also expected to visit Scotland - where he owns two golf courses - before heading back to the US.

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