Trade and tea with queen for Trump in a Britain in 'turmoil'

Pauline Gross
July 13, 2018

The US embassy has taken the unusual step of issuing a warning to American citizens in the United Kingdom to "keep a low profile" during the visit of President Donald Trump.

Donald Trump meets with Theresa May.

During the dinner, they reaffirmed their strong alliance and vowed to jointly fight against terrorism and Russian aggression.

Later, Trump will go to Windsor Castle for tea with 92-year-old Queen Elizabeth.

Activists inflate a giant balloon depicting US President Donald Trump as an orange baby in north London on July 10, 2018, ahead of a demonstration in London to coincide with the visit of the US president.

Trump and his wife, First Lady Melania, will land at London's Stanstead airport after attending a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels.

Trump said that the tenor in London is part of why he's spending so little time in the city, saying, "I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to London".

The shadow policing minister, Labour MP Louise Haigh, said, "It has emerged that officers being accommodated in Essex are sleeping on cots in squash courts, 100 female officers with four toilets between them, likely to be sleeping on mats tonight, 300 male officers with five toilets between them".

Many Britons are opposed to Trump's trip which is not the full state visit he was originally promised with the pomp and ceremony that entails.

Anti-Trump Britons gathered outside the USA ambassador's residence and Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, with protesters holding signs reading "No to Racism, No to Trump" and "Trump Not Welcome".

"You see what's going on throughout the world with immigration.I think that's why Brexit happened", he said.

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Other protests - including several "family friendly" gatherings - will take place at every place he will visit over the coming days.

In Scotland, almost 8,000 people had signed a petition to be allowed to fly the giant Trump baby ballon over the Turnberry course where the US president is expected to play golf Saturday.

"Tonight there will be protests, tomorrow there will be protests".

Command suites and coordinating groups based in Lambeth, south London, will involve a wide range of people including from all the emergency services, the military, Foreign Office and Home Office, plus officials who run transport services in London and beyond.

The plans laid out Thursday in a 98-page government paper gave Britain's most detailed answer yet to the question of what will replace them.

The US President arrives after giving North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders a tongue-lashing in Brussels over defence spending and controversial comments about Britain being in "turmoil".

That turmoil includes the resignations of May's Brexit and foreign ministers over her plan to retain close ties with the European Union after leaving the bloc in March.

It was "up to the people" whether or not they want May to stay as Prime Minister, he added.

Mr Trump cancelled a planned visit to open the newly-relocated embassy at the beginning of the year, saying it was a "bad deal" to move from Grosvenor Square in the prestigious Mayfair district of central London to what he described as an "off location" at Nine Elms, south of the Thames.

"There is no stronger alliance than that of our special relationship with the USA and there will be no alliance more important in the years ahead", May said in a statement.

The Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid published an interview with Trump as May was hosting him at a black-tie dinner at Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Britain's World War II Prime Minister Winston Churchill - the leader who coined the term "special relationship" for the trans-Atlantic bond.

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