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

Pauline Gross
July 13, 2018

Mr Trump is hardly likely to catch a glimpse of the six metre giant orange inflatable blimp that depicts him as a screaming baby.

The bulk of the activity will take place in London, where people plan to gather first in Regent's Park outside of the US ambassador's house on Thursday and again across central London for a series of protests throughout the day on Friday. Some plan to stage an "all-night noise protest" outside the barricades surrounding Winfield House later Thursday, with those attending urged to "bring pots, drums and vuvuzelas".

From challenging Western assumptions about the European Union and free trade to courting the Kremlin and North Korea's leader, Trump has delivered on his promise of an "unpredictable" USA foreign policy.

John Scardino, 58, a teacher from the U.S. who has lived in Britian for 18 years, is dubious that the embassy alert would have any effect on protest crowd size.

Trump, who will arrive here later in the day with First Lady Melania Trump for a two-day working visit, will spend time with the Queen and May, reports the BBC.

Mr Trump is largely avoiding central London, where main protests will take place, instead visiting Blenheim Palace, Chequers, and Windsor Castle.

MorningThe President and the Prime Minister will visit a defence site to witness a demonstration of the UK's cutting edge military capabilities and integrated UK-US military training. The "Stop Trump" march will travel through central London on Friday afternoon, before ending with a rally in Trafalgar Square. The U.S. Embassy put out a travel alert on Tuesday about the demonstrations, warning U.S. travellers to London to "keep a low profile".

The US president appears unpopular in Britain, where his brash style and hardline "America First" policies have caused consternation across the political spectrum and society.

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A statement of the USA embassy website warned American citizens to "be aware your surroundings", "exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings that may become violent" and "monitor local media for updates".

Many people say he's putting the interests of the American people first, while others are angry at his policies and treatment of minority groups.

As May attempts to unify her party behind her proposals, commentators said Trump meeting Johnson would suggest backing for his view that May's plans would inhibit Britain's ability to forge new free trade deals.

"Donald Trump likes to pose as an worldwide tough guy, but it looks like he's too scared to face protesters in London", the group Stand Up to Trump declared in a statement, alluding to the US president's reported plans to steer clear of the streets of London.

On Saturday, Trump supporters will rally near the U.S. embassy in Vauxhall, south London, for an event titled "Welcoming Trump to Britain Rally - Make Britain Great Again", at which a number of right-wing figures are scheduled to speak.

He is only expected to spend one night in London at Winfield House, the USA ambassador's official residence in Regent's Park, on Thursday, when he arrives in the city.

Later, Trump will take tea with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle, a home to the royals for 1,000 years, part of a tour created to keep him away from protesters.

Other reports by GizPress

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