Trump to attend state dinner, meet Queen Elizabeth II in Britain

Frederick Owens
July 9, 2018

He will then go to meet the Queen at Windsor Castle, the family home of British kings and queens for nearly 1,000 years.

"I was talking to regulars who are looking forward to the visit and I said "Let's set up the Trump Arms while he is here".

Instead Donald Trump will be treated to a black-tie dinner at Blenheim Palace, lunch with Theresa May at Chequers, and a meeting with the Queen at Windsor Castle.

After that comes a working lunch at Chequers - the prime minister's official country residence now being used for a crucial round of Brexit discussions - for "substantive bilateral talks" covering a "range of foreign policy issues".

The evening will end with the Royal Regiment of Scotland "piping out" the president, who will then spend the night at the official residence of the American ambassador - Winfield House in Regent's Park, central London.

Asked whether the President's schedule was created to keep him away from possible protests, a Downing Street spokeswoman said: "Prime ministers frequently make use of Chequers for meetings with foreign leaders".

The visit, the first of its kind since Trump assumed presidency in January a year ago, was categorized by the U.S. State Department as a "working visit".

Trump will arrive at London's Stansted Airport Thursday, following a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels.

"They will be discussing that issue - the relationship with Russian Federation - at the meeting at Chequers", Mr. Johnson said, referring to the prime minister's ceremonial country estate in Ellesborough, about 45 miles northwest of London.

The Prime Minister's spokesperson said: "We are a free and open democracy and we believe in the right to protest".

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Protests are also planned in more than 30 towns and cities around the country, including Cambridge, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast. Original reports of Trump's desire to visit Scotland during his trip to the United Kingdom noted that the security costs for one day in the country totaled as much as $6 million.

"We want to portray to the American public, who voted for him and who made him president, that not everybody is against him in this country", he said.

Mrs. May has publicly admonished Mr. Trump, including his trade agenda, and the two engaged in a Twitter spat past year after Mrs.

Tens of thousands of protesters are expected to turn out against Donald Trump when he visits Britain next week but some believe the protests are an embarrassment and that the USA president deserves a warm welcome.

A spokeswoman for British Prime Minister Theresa May denied to The Guardian that the prime minister's use of the Chequers retreat to meet with Trump was designed specifically to help the president avoid major protests.

"I know the man doesn't drink but sure, we could make him a cup of tea".

It is expected meeting the Queen will be the last of Trump's official duties before he jets off to Scotland, where he owns two golf properties.

The monumental 18th-century country house, built for the first Duke of Marlborough as a reward for his military victories, was the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, a personal hero of the president.

Asked whether Mr. Trump would be playing golf in Scotland, Mr. Johnson said the president's schedule was still being planned.

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