British pageantry on display at Trump's Blenheim Palace arrival

13 July, 2018, 02:59 | Author: Cecil Buchanan
  • Nicola Sturgeon

But instead of attending business in London, which is what most heads of state who arrive in the United Kingdom do, Trump will head to a business sector gala at Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill which is outside the city.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to protest against Trump's visit in central London on Friday, citing his alleged Islamophobia, controversial policies and "incendiary rhetoric" towards people with disabilities and the LGBTQ community.

"But having a special relationship means that we expect the highest standards from each other, and it also means speaking out when we think the values we hold dear are under threat", he said.

Mr Trump flew to Britain after a somewhat chaotic 28 hours at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, where he characteristically claimed victory over his demand for the allies to increase their defence spending.

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 and Putin, who have never met for an official summit, will hold three sessions before the USA president returns to Washington, D.C., early Tuesday.

"I believe that the people in the UK - Scotland, Ireland, as you know I have property in Ireland, I have property all over - I think that those people they like me a lot and they agree with me on immigration".

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

Trump's itinerary will keep him out of central London on Friday, when large protests are planned.

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She listed Mr Trump's immigration policies, bans on some people entering the USA, his foreign policies, and lack of support for taking action on climate change as having affects across the globe.

Protests coinciding with Mr Trump's visit are set to take place in Glasgow this evening and in Edinburgh on Saturday.

While Mr Johnson may now be a backbencher, Mr Trump said he hoped he would still see the former foreign minister - another blow to the fragile position of Mrs May.

Instead, the couple arrived via helicopter and was driven by limousine onto the property, where they were welcomed by British Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband, Philip. Britons, he said, "like me a lot", the BBC reported.

"However, let's not throw Trump Baby out with the bathwater - he'd be a welcome sight at any of the many protests happening across Scotland over the course of the visit".

"I beat our Honest Abe", Trump added.

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.

President Trump's planned meeting with Queen Elizabeth II on Friday marks the culmination of a long and sometimes tortured fascination with the British royal family, dating back two decades to the divorce of Princess Diana.

Mr Trump had joked earlier this week that his meeting with Vladimir Putin in the Finnish capital Helsinki on Monday "may be the easiest" part of his European trip.

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