Trump's United Kingdom visit has high potential for embarrassment

Frederick Owens
July 12, 2018

A high fence has been erected around the US ambassador's central London residence where Trump will spend Thursday night and the embassy has sent out an alert warning Americans in London to keep a low profile in case protests turn violent.

Marches have been organised by the Stop Trump Coalition, Women's March London, Campaign Against Climate Change the People's Assembly and War on Want among others, and a giant "Trump Baby" blimp will fly over Parliament Square.

The US Ambassador to London, Woody Johnson, insisted last week that the President's itinerary was not intentionally designed for him to avoid encountering throngs of protesters.

USA president Donald Trump is set to touch down in Britain for a highly controversial visit after sparking a new firestorm on the global stage.

Similar protests are planned on Thursday evening outside the United States ambassador's home at Regent's Park and in Scotland when Mr Trump visits on Saturday.

Theresa May will host Mr Trump, and his wife Melania, at a lavish dinner at Blenheim Palace on Thursday evening, just days after the U.S. president said the United Kingdom was in "turmoil" following the Cabinet resignations triggered by the Prime Minister's Brexit plans.

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. "I'm very strong on immigration".

When he arrives today, Trump will be taken to Blenheim Palace, the 300-year-old birthplace of Churchill.

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Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan challenged Mr Khan over the decision, suggesting the mayor had approved of the blimp due to personal animosity towards the US President, the Daily Mail reports.

The State Department is warning Americans "to keep a low profile" and "be aware of your surroundings" this week. "I think they agree with me on immigration", he said, also reminding reporters that his mother was from Scotland, which he plans to visit after his official meetings in England. "As two nations we are safer, more prosperous and more creative when we work together and I am looking forward to this week's important discussions".

It is understood that, despite speculation, the Duke of York is not expected to play golf with Trump during his visit.

Eric Trump is playing golf at the Trump International Golf Links at Menie, Aberdeenshire, and also plans to visit Trump Turnberry, near Girvan, South Ayrshire.

May was the first head of government to officially meet Trump as president, in January 2017.

Trump then even went as far as hitting out at Theresa May after she criticised him for the retweets.

Due to the thousands of people due to protest against him in London, Trump is largely avoiding the capital other than a quick stop at the U.S. embassy.

The trip coincides with a tumultuous week for May after two senior ministers resigned in protest at her plans for trade with the European Union after Britain leaves next March.

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