London awaits Trump's visit, braces for protests

Clay Curtis
July 12, 2018

He said that Trump's visit was about improving the United Kingdom and US's relationship "culturally, economically, in every respect possible".

On Brexit negotiations: Not convinced by the UK's handling of the talks, Trump said he would take a "tougher" approach with Brussels.

The US president's brash style and hard line "America First" policies have caused consternation across Britain's political spectrum and society.

Britain's Opposition members had also asked PM May to cancel a state visit offered to the U.S. when she met Trump in Washington after the latter took path in January 2017.

Following the incident and several other diplomatic spats, his first trip to Britain since taking power was repeatedly delayed and scaled back, with speculation it has now been created to avoid the demonstrations.

The bulk of the activity will take place in London, where people plan to gather first in Regent's Park outside of the USA ambassador's house on Thursday and again across central London for a series of protests throughout the day on Friday.

Dozens of protests have been organised across the country as organisers seek to mount a "carnival of resistance".

The demonstrators plan to loft a large blimp-like balloon over the skies beside Westminster Palace, depicting a bronzed "Trump Baby" in diapers, clutching a mobile phone.

The first couple did hold hands during a Fourth of July picnic for military families at the White House last week, but even then, some Twitter observers believed it was just for show.

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"We had the best site in all of London", Trump told supporters during a rally in MI, before adding that the embassy has now moved to "a lousy location".

The Met will be responsible for the protection and security of the divisive U.S. president and will also try to ensure lawful protests can be staged.

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.

Mass protests in 2003 against the Iraq War saw an estimated record 750,000 to two million turn out in London.

Nearly all of Trump's activities will be outside the city: He'll meet the Queen at Windsor Castle, not Buckingham Palace.

The President and the First Lady will attend a dinner, hosted by May, at Blenheim Palace - the ancestral home of Winston Churchill - on Thursday evening.

- "Abhorrent views" - In Scotland, a major demonstration is planned in Glasgow, its biggest city, on Friday ahead of a march through the streets of Edinburgh, the capital, on Saturday.

Trump is also expected to travel to Scotland, where he owns two golf courses.

The Stop Trump Coalition has been endorsed by several Labour MPs including Shabana Mahmood, Ed Miliband, Tulip Siddiq, Claude Moraes, Rushanara Ali, David Lammy, Clive Lewis and Melanie Onn, as well as the Green Party's Caroline Lucas, Plaid Cymru's Leanne Wood and Hywel Williams and former Lib Dem leader Tim Farron.

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