Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Protests begin in London against U.S. President Trump's visit to UK

Protests begin in London against U.S. President Trump's visit to UK

There are also plans for protestors to gather close to the United States ambassador's residence in Regent's Park, where Trump and his wife, Melania, will stay overnight on Thursday.

Some cited "job restrictions" while another said he was wary of the press. The protocol is that if embassy staff are warned internally about possible threats, then the American public must be as well, she said.

Asked about the President's view on US-UK relations, he said: "He has worked here for so many years, he knows so many people".

The US Ambassador to London, Woody Johnson, insisted last week that Trump's itinerary was not intentionally designed for him to avoid encountering throngs of protesters.

When he arrives today, Trump will be taken to Blenheim Palace, the 300-year-old birthplace of Churchill.

During a press conference in Brussels after the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, Mr. Trump appeared to criticize Ms.

"The people voted to break it up, so I imagine that's what they'll do".

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

Protesters have pledged to follow him wherever he goes in Britain and 10,000 police officers have been drafted in to protect him - the largest number deployed since the 2011 riots.

That prompted almost half a million people to sign a petition calling for him to be banned from the UK.

Trump is on a "working visit" rather than a full state occasion.

On Friday, Trump will meet May and her newly appointed Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt at the prime minister's countryside retreat, Chequers.

Mr Trump had joked earlier this week that his meeting with Vladimir Putin in the Finnish capital Helsinki on Monday "may be the easiest" part of his European trip.

His visit comes as the government publishes its plans for the UK's relations with the European Union after Brexit. The EU better be careful.

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"Boris Johnson's a friend of mine, he's been very nice to me, very supportive and maybe I'll speak to him when I get over there".

"Our trade and investment relationship is unrivaled - we are the largest investors in each other's economies and every day a million British people go to work for US companies in the United Kingdom and a million Americans go to work for United Kingdom companies in the US", May said.

Demonstrators will assemble outside the BBC building in Portland Place at 2pm on Friday and march to Trafalgar Square for a rally. "Are you honestly saying that the right to protest, the right to assemble, the right to free speech is limited by the ridicule it might cause to someone else?"

The trip coincides with a tumultuous week for May after two senior ministers resigned in protest.


"On Saturday there will be sort-of related protests (from the) far-right and far-left and probably the most hard".

The British are usually polite to a fault - though they have been known to go off after a soccer match or once the pubs close.

"We just hope enough people can see the video and can sing a bit of it - that would be lovely".

"Donald Trump could do perfectly fine doing rallies in the U.S.". "It's not for me to decide what's in good taste or bad taste".

Dick also said the workforce which is having to "flex, surge and to respond" to events is made up of "fantastic people with a clear sense of mission, high skills and awesome ethics".

Supporters of Donald Trump say a protest baby blimp set to fly over London is disrespectful to the President - but one thinks he will actually find it "funny".

Trump has been quick to criticize British society, telling a National Rifle Association convention in May that the British didn't have guns but had so much knife crime that one hospital was like a military war zone with its floors awash with blood, a false statement quickly rebutted by British physicians and politicians.

"We are not going to let Donald Trump divide our communities", he said. "I just want the people to be happy". Dozens of demonstrations are planned throughout the country with the largest expected to take place in central London on Friday.

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.

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