Trumps kick off United Kingdom visit with black-tie gala

Kristopher Nichols
July 13, 2018

Gorgeous said that they have worked closely with the Metropolitan Police and other march organisers - along with the people behind London's planned LGBTQ+ Community Centre, which are providing stewards - to co-ordinate the day.

Britain "is in somewhat turmoil", Trump said before departing Washington, remarking that dealing with Putin might surprisingly be the easiest part of the European trip.

Johnson and Trump are both critical of the UK PM's handling of Brexit, likening her plans as causing Britain to function like a "colony state" unable to make its own laws.

A giant baby Trump blimp is set to fly over London during the United States president's visit to the UK.

Speaking at a press conference following a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, the president said he thought the vote for Brexit was primarily due to concerns about immigration.

Trump will spend four days in the United Kingdom from Thursday, where he will meet with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Theresa May.

"I think that's why Brexit happened", he said, noting that Britain was "a pretty hot spot right now with a lot of resignations".

Like this go-round, protesters promised widespread backlash back in February amid the president's plans to travel to London for the grand-opening of a new USA embassy.

A high metal fence has been erected around the USA 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.

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President Trump, who will also spend time with the Queen during his stay, said: "I think they like me a lot in the UK". Organizers have been given permission to float a giant balloon depicting Mr. Trump as a baby and they've already declared victory by noting that the President is largely avoiding London during his visit. A 19-foot-tall orange balloon, shaped to look like a baby version of President Trump, will be flown in central London.

The President, who is set for a two-day working visit followed by a weekend in Scotland, addressed the planned protests in a news conference, saying, "I think it's fine".

Later, Trump and his wife attended a black-tie dinner hosted by May at Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill, before returning to Winfield for the night.

Prime Minister May office said that she expected Donald Trump to discuss with President Putin issues like the Salisbury nerve agent attack on former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

Ahead of his arrival the PM said she would use the visit to "forge a strengthened, ambitious and future-proof trade partnership" with the U.S. after Brexit.

This will be the US President's first official visit to the UK. Trump and the first lady will then have tea with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle in the afternoon.

Trump and May are expected discuss Russian Federation ahead of the president's meeting with President Vladimir Putin on Monday.

"Give us your tired and your oppressed and we'll divide you from your children", he said of Trump's policies.

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