Trump visit to United Kingdom begins on awkward note

Frederick Owens
July 13, 2018

On arrival in London, Trump and first lady Melania Trump headed for Winfield House, the residence of U.S. Ambassador to Britain Woody Johnson, where the Beatles song We Can Work It Out played outside.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his already has plans to spend more.

Potentially tens of thousands are expected to march to a rally in Trafalgar Square on Friday afternoon, organized by the "Stop Trump Coalition".

"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". "Britain is going to have to look right around the world for allies with which to do trade deals". Vince Cable, the leader of the pro-EU Liberal Democrats, said, "Most of us don't think he is particularly good judge on Brexit or anything else".

Donald Trump has been under fire for his own immigration policy, which resulted in the separation of immigrant families.

Mr Trump said: "I would say that Brexit is Brexit".

But it's not simply the protesters, who are expected to dog Mr. Trump throughout his visit, including his weekend in Scotland, but his fraught relationship with political leaders accustomed to harmonious exchanges with US leaders, a tradition of unity that goes back at least to the vital World War II partnership of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill.

Nearly two million people signed a petition demanding he be banned from the United Kingdom because they believe he is sexist and racist and "Stop Trump" campaigners say he will face a "Wall of Sound" outside all the landmarks he visits because supporters will bang pots and pans.

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He was met at Stansted Airport by dignitaries including International Trade Secretary Liam Fox and the United States ambassador Woody Johnson.

Asked about Johnson's hardline negotiating techniques, Trump said the former minister "was right". He came directly from the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, where he had questioned the US's commitment to the security alliance.

Despite not being an official state visit, the Government is desperate to ensure the USA leader feels he is being treated with the appropriate level of pomp and ceremony.

Along with trade and security ties, Downing Street said the other key areas to be discussed between the two leaders included Brexit and the Middle East.

Donald Trump's July visit to the UK will be his first as president of the United States.

Trump and his entourage will then travel to his golf course in Scotland, where he'll stay until heading to Helsinki for his Monday summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

But there are still plenty of detractors, as loudly demonstrated by a passenger in auto driving past the USA flag-adorned pub who shouted "F*** Trump", to which Mr Smyth chuckled.

"There comes a time when citizens and governments around the world have to draw a line in the sand", she says.

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