Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Trump arrives in Britain, questioning May's Brexit plan

Trump arrives in Britain, questioning May's Brexit plan

President Donald Trump is all in for Winston Churchill during his first visit to the United Kingdom as president, paying his respects to an icon of American conservatives who coined the phrase the "special relationship".

"My message to those coming to the protests in London is that this must be peaceful and good-spirited".

Earlier this week, Trump said it was "up to the people" whether the prime minister stayed on after two senior Cabinet ministers resigned within hours over her Brexit policy.

While Mr Johnson may now be a backbencher, Mr Trump said he hoped he would still see the former foreign minister - another blow to the fragile position of Mrs May.

Yet Trump's schedule will largely keep him out of central London.

With Trump at all times will be a White House doctor and one of five rotating military aides who carry the nuclear "football" - equipped with communication tools and a book with prepared war plans. Both of those accords were the result of years of painstaking diplomacy by European leaders - and Trump unilaterally trashed them.

In this photo taken on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, children play basketball in the foreground as a six-meter high cartoon baby blimp of U.S. President Donald Trump stands inflated during a practice session in Bingfield Park, north London.

Prime Minister Theresa May will host Mr Trump and his wife Melania at a dinner at Blenheim Palace this evening. When Trump canceled his plans a few weeks before the big day, some - like London Mayor Sadiq Khan - speculated that the expected opposition scared off Trump and was happy about it.

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

Mr Trump and First Lady Melania Trump flew into London's Stansted airport on Air Force One, before they travelled by helicopter to the US Ambassador's official residence in central London.

The President and his stunning wife, originally from Slovenia, touched down in Britain late last night for the controversial visit after sparking fury on an worldwide stage at yesterday's NATO Summit.

"It's important for us to send a powerful signal to those who are resisting and campaigning in America that we are standing in solidarity with them", Rehman said.

In a statement ahead of Trump's arrival, she said the visit would focus on trade and strengthening defence and security ties, saying there was no stronger alliance than Britain's "special relationship with the USA".

"I'd like to see them be able to work it out so it could go quickly".

He will then travel to Helsinki for a summit with Russian president Vladimir Putin. "But I believe the people in the UK, Scotland, Ireland - as you know I have property in Ireland, I have property all over - I think that those people, they like me a lot and they agree with me on immigration".

U.S. Ambassador Woody Johnson said Wednesday that citizens are often advised to avoid public demonstrations and that he is not upset by the decision to allow the "Trump baby" balloon to be displayed near Parliament.

U.S. ambassador Woody Johnson insisted the balloon was not a fair representation of British views.

Mr Trump will instead be ensconced at Windsor Castle, west of London on Friday when a blimp tethered next to the Houses of Parliament.

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