Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

US President to meet Theresa May to discuss post-Brexit ties


Donald Trump, 72, is about to visit the United Kingdom for the first time since being elected president in November 2016, and the British people aren't prepared to give him a warm welcome.

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

He said his father could head to the north-east of Scotland during his visit, adding: "It's still to be decided".

At a news conference, Trump said the United States could withdraw from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and go it alone, if necessary, although he said that likely won't be needed.

Rarely has a foreign leader been so mocked on an official visit - London's mayor, Sadiq Khan, a Muslim who has challenged Trump's worldview OK'd the balloon, which is an apt symbol of Trump's tempestuous relationship with Britain, traditionally the United States' closest ally.

The Together Against Trump procession will be joined by a splinter protest called Trumpets Against Trump, which aims to "provide a wake-up call against the normalisation of fascism".

While the visit has not been accorded the formal State Visit grandeur, May will seek to make up for it with a gala black-tie dinner hosted by her for around 100 guests in the spectacular setting of Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire.

Ignoring all diplomatic niceties, the convention-shredding U.S. president set up the four-day visit with a rebuke of May as she battles to stop her government falling apart over Brexit.

Donald Trump's first official visit to the United Kingdom has started awkwardly, after he appeared to criticise prime minister Theresa May's Brexit strategy.

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Protests are also planned in Scotland when he travels to play golf at his Trump Turnberry course.

After spending the night at the United States ambassador's official residence in Regent's Park, London, the U.S. president will join the Theresa May at a military base on Friday to view a joint counter-terrorism exercise involving UK and USA special forces.

"The people voted to break it up (Britain's ties with the EU)", Trump told a press conference.

Top it off with the introduction of trade policies that have targeted some European industries - even though European nations are longtime friends accustomed to easy trade with the USA - and it is not surprising that Trump's itinerary will keep him out of central London on Friday, when large protests are planned.

Added to that, plans by protesters to fly a giant inflatable baby blimp with a Donald Trump face is being threatened tomorrow.

Gardner, who works with refugees as part of her doctoral research at the London School of Economics, said Trump's speeches about refugees and immigrants are "a very unsafe line of rhetoric to be normalized".

In January, the US president canceled a planned visit to London to open the new US Embassy, calling it a bad deal in a poor location. Melania Trump has heard about the plans and isn't excited about her husband's presidency being see as a 'joke'.

On Friday, Mr Trump will hold talks with the prime minster at Chequers before meeting the Queen at Windsor Castle.

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