Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Antoinette Montgomery

Donald Trump in Britain: President lands as protests begin

Donald Trump in Britain: President lands as protests begin

The prime minister will host a gala dinner and a meeting with Trump, giving them time to talk.

He said Britain was "a pretty hot spot right now with a lot of resignations".

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

Earlier in a hastily arranged press conference before flying from the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels to Britain, Mr Trump told the Prime Minister that she is not delivering the Brexit the people voted for.

"Brexit is Brexit, the people voted to break it up so I would imagine that is what they'll do, but they might take a different route, I'm not sure that's what people voted for", Trump said, adding: "They're great people - I just want them to be happy".

Ahead of Trump's arrival, the United States embassy advised United States citizens in London to "keep a low profile" during Trump's visit.

Melania Trump pulled out all the stops for her first night in the UK. Another 13 percent said they didn't know.

The president, however, is staying positive about his visit, telling reporters, "They like me a lot in the U.K. They agree with me on immigration".

"The president of the United States of America will regretfully have the red carpet rolled out for him by this Conservative government", Ian Blackford, the Scottish National Party's leader in the Westminster parliament, told lawmakers on Wednesday.

The biggest protests are set for Friday, when demonstrators plan to march through central London and float a huge balloon depicting Mr Trump as a baby in diapers over the Houses of Parliament.

About 150 guests are understood to have agreed to attend the dinner at Blenheim Palace, including cabinet members and business leaders.

Downing Street insisted Mrs May welcomed Mr Trump's decision to "engage" with the Russian leader.

"I would love to say that I think this is going to be a hugely successful visit but I think it's going to be very hard", he said at a pro-Trump gathering in parliament. (The only president she didn't meet was, Lyndon B. Johnson.) She has invited far fewer of them to Windsor Castle-just Ronald Reagan, whom she rode horses with in 1982; George W. Bush in 2008; and Barack Obama in 2016, as Vanity Fair notes. 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".

British law requires any petition supported by more than 100,000 people to be considered for parliamentary debate, even though there was no serious attempt to prohibit Mr. Trump from coming to Britain.

He believes Mr Trump's visit shows his respect for the United Kingdom, as his political career would get more of a boost from staying at home and campaigning in America. "We have come to an agreement which absolutely delivers what people voted for", she said in a statement.

Well, how about this: Having to "play nice" publicly with a person you don't have very much in common with, when they have said that the way you are trying to do your job doesn't really work.

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