Donald Trump and Melania touch down in London

Doug Mendoza
July 12, 2018

The Stop Trump Coalition accused the president of being "too scared to face protestors".

Mr Trump said he thought Britons "like me a lot". The president said on Tuesday, "I think they like me a lot in the United Kingdom".

"If Trump truly wanted to emulate Churchill, he would celebrate the peace and prosperity of Europe and seek to strengthen rather than destroy trans-Atlantic ties", said Amanda Sloat, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a former State Department official in the Obama administration.

A campaign is also underway to get "American Idiot", a 2004 song by the US punk rock band Green Day, to the top of the UK Singles Chart.

A coalition known as Together Against Trump has been the chief organizer of the opposition effort.

Trump's victory in the 2016 presidential election shocked British diplomats in Washington and relations between May, a vicar's daughter, and Trump have been strained at times.

"Instead he will stay hidden away in country estates and castles", the statement read.

His wife, who will spend Friday with the prime minister's husband, Philip May, is likely to experience some of it when she visits a school in the city.

Trump has clashed in the past with May - even though she is a conservative who shares his view that defense spending should be raised - and with her predecessor, David Cameron, who challenged Trump's anti-Muslim campaign stance as "divisive, stupid and wrong".

"The pictures of children being held in what appear to be cages are deeply disturbing", May stated to the House of Commons.

Mr Trump arrives Thursday afternoon following a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels and largely avoids the capital's centre and the protesters. On Friday, the two leaders will participate in a bilateral meeting and joint press conference.

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The two leaders will hold talks at the Prime Minister's country residence of Chequers where Russia, Brexit and the Middle East will top the agenda.

And with a giant "Trump Baby" balloon set to fly in the air over multiple demonstrations, US officials urged Americans to "keep a low profile" in the English capital.

A brief visit to the newly-relocated US Embassy at Nine Elms in south-west London is also believed to be on the cards.

The UK's Police Federation has warned the visit will put "unquestionable pressure" on police forces as tens of thousands of people are expected to protest against Trump in London and Glasgow.

The poll conducted this week said 63 percent found Trump racist, and 74 percent said he was sexist.

Johnson has told reporters that Americans respected peaceful protest.

It was London mayor Sadiq Khan who gave the go ahead for the orange balloon and he clashed on ITV's This Morning with host Piers Morgan.

The president, in contrast, claimed that he called off his trip because of his predecessor's decision to sell the old embassy for "peanuts", a "bad deal" in his eyes.

'This isn't just about mocking him.

"Trump's entire political argument revolves and relies around a division between people, and a blame culture".

She listed Mr Trump's immigration policies, bans on some people entering the U.S., his foreign policies, and lack of support for taking action on climate change as having affects across the globe.

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