Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Donald Trump visit to United Kingdom 'in turmoil' inspires baby blimp protest

Donald Trump visit to United Kingdom 'in turmoil' inspires baby blimp protest

Trump will travel by helicopter once there, making it unlikely he'll see protests firsthand.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to protest against Trump's visit in central London on Friday, citing his alleged Islamophobia, controversial policies and "incendiary rhetoric" towards people with disabilities and the LGBTQ community. The issue is 'Do they have freedom to protest, freedom to assemble and should they be allowed to do so?

The US president has angered many in Britain in the last two years with a series of actions and pronouncements. "Trump would share that level of national identity and patriotism".

"We are at a very key point in history right now, and we need to take a stand". That prompted almost half a million people to sign a petition calling for Trump to be banned from the UK. There was no vote and no ban was imposed.

The leaders will then hold talks at the PM's residence of Chequers.

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.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who signed off on the so-called "baby Trump" blimp, defended the decision Thursday, arguing the protests were not anti-American but emblematic of free speech.

Americans in London have been warned to "keep a low profile" during the trip, while a crowd-funded "Trump Baby" blimp has been cleared for take-off on Friday morning outside Parliament House.

They are scheduled to spend Thursday night at the US Ambassador's home Winfield House, which is in Regent's Park.

His trip was downgraded from a state visit to a more informal working visit after British lawmakers objected to him getting the full treatment.

The state visit has never actually materialized, partly due to fierce opposition to it in many quarters of Britain.

The on-off visit of Donald Trump to the United Kingdom is finally happening - but that doesn't mean the controversy has stopped.

Mrs May will be looking to improve her often publicly strained relationship with the U.S. president as she pushes for a post-Brexit trade deal with America.

They each have 4,000 square feet of floor space, including a Presidential suite with a large office and conference room, a medical suite that can be used as an operating room and two kitchen areas that can feed 100 people at a time.

"This week we have an opportunity to deepen this unique trading relationship and begin discussions about how we will forge a strengthened, ambitious and future-proof trade partnership".

Russia, Brexit and the Middle East are set to top the agenda.

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