Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump arrives UK for first State visit

Trump arrives UK for first State visit

The visit is seen as crucial at setting the course for a closer trading relationship between the two countries.

A trade deal with the United States is one of the main aims of Brexit supporters within Ms May's Conservative Party, who are concerned that she is making too many concessions to the EU.

The demonstrations are expected to attract large crowds.

Trump confidant Chris Ruddy believes the President, who is due to fly into the United Kingdom today, will not react how people think he will to the balloon.

The Donald Trump blimp will not be allowed to fly over the Trump Turnberry clubhouse. It will hover above Parliament Square later this week during the president's visit.

The US Embassy in Britain has urged Americans to "keep a low profile" during the president's visit to London.

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.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip May greet Trump and First Lady Melania at Blenheim Palace.

But the red carpet treatment is likely to be overshadowed by massive protests planned by Britons opposed to Trump's presence.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to protest against Trump's visit in central London on Friday, citing his alleged Islamophobia, controversial policies and "incendiary rhetoric" towards people with disabilities and the LGBTQ community.

Knowing that lots of people you DO like would be upset if you don't put on a show. "We seem to be going into a cycle of rather regressive thinking".

It has also complained that 300 officers working during the visit will have to sleep on camp beds in a gymnasium that has no hot water and restricted access to hot food.

They had very few three-pointers to speak of; in other words, they were the opposite of what the NBA is supposed to be today. In fact, not only do they have deficiencies, but they do not even have the tools or resources to resolve those deficiencies.

Trump countered that concern, saying that he will raise the issue and that he is "not happy about Crimea".

"Everyone agreed to raise spending as they agreed in 2014, and everyone agreed to respect the [previous] commitments they made", French president Emmanuel Macron said.

Then, in a head-snapping pivot at the end, he declared the alliance a "fine-tuned machine" that had acceded to his demands to speed up increases in military spending to relieve pressure on the US budget.

It would be a blow for Britain to lose that special status, said Shashank Joshi, a British security analyst.

He said the stunt aims to "hold up a mirror" to Mr Trump's "toddler-like politics".

It's stunning to hear any world leader speak this way about other country's policies, but the glaring anti-immigrant hatred takes it to another level.

But that could change.

For former Remainers, it's nuts to think that trade deals with non-EU countries can ever make up for what might be lost. The future of its ties is uncertain, muddied by confusion over Brexit. "I think that's why Brexit happened". "I'm very strong on immigration".

A helicopter took them from the airport to the USA ambassador's residence here.

Mr Trump flew into Stansted before being taken by military helicopter escort to the Ambassador's residence Winfield House in Regents Park where he stay the night before going to the dinner.

They will then meet the Queen for the first time, at Windsor Castle, before heading to Scotland where the United States president will spend the weekend at his Turnberry golf course in Ayrshire. Trump has since attended the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels and plans to meet one-on-one with Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 16.

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