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Donald Trump will nearly entirely avoid London during his United Kingdom visit

09 July, 2018, 03:03 | Author: Kristen Ingram
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He said Mr Trump and Mrs May have "a good relationship" and would discuss a wide range of topics at Chequers.

The dinner, where Trump will be accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump, will be preceded by a military ceremony and guests will include British and United States business leaders.

May will meet at Chequers for a series of bilateral talks.

The President and his wife will spend Friday night at the US Ambassador's London residence Winfield House, in Regent's Park.

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

Trump arrives in Britain on Thursday after a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Belgium that could turn contentious over the US leader's insistence that allies pay more for their defence and amid trade disputes between Washington and Europe.

Despite a series of diplomatic spats with Washington since Trump s election, the British government is keen to strike a trade deal with the United States but the visit is likely to feature major protests against the USA leader.

"We need to see that the relationship isn't damaged after these protests", he said.

He will stay overnight in London but is expected to largely avoid Westminster, where a "Trump baby" blimp will fly over Parliament.

On Sunday Mr Trump flies to Finland for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday.

Shortly after his inauguration in January 2017, Trump was offered an official state visit to the U.K. However, plans for an official state visit have been put on hold after reports that protests would erupt should he visit.

"Trade will be on the agenda", May's spokeswoman told a briefing.

Asked whether the president was seeking to avoid protesters, Mr. Johnson said: "The president is not avoiding anything".

"I do find it curious the amount of opprobrium and time that protesters dedicate to the freely elected leader of a free country, that they don't direct towards the visit of somebody like the president of China", she said.

Apart from Lyndon Johnson, Elizabeth has met every USA leader since Harry S. Truman but no other United States presidential encounter has generated the same level of opposition and controversy in Britain as Trump's trip.

"He's really ready to step up on that the minute we get the go-ahead to do it", Mr. Johnson said.

After meeting The Queen, the president will travel to Scotland.

The Trumps' meeting with the Queen will not, however, count as an official state visit, as previously reported by the Inquisitr.

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.

They added that Trump Baby "can become a permanent feature of this terrible Presidency, a constant, unmissable reminder of the contempt with which this embarrassment of a man is held by everyone outside of his deranged, bigoted base".


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