Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

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


May hopes Trump, who landed at Stansted airport before flying by helicopter to the USA ambassador's London residence, will help to accelerate a future free trade deal, though his public comments on Brexit cast a shadow over the visit.

Security is still a cornerstone of the relationship, as are trade and less tangible things like shared language and the fact that many Americans are proud of their British roots.

Fielding questions following the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, Mr Trump was asked his views on Britain's withdrawal from the European Union, suggesting it may deliver a softer Brexit that was not what the public wanted.

"I just want the people to be happy".

"So I would imagine that's what they will do, but maybe they will take a little bit of a different route". Mr Trump is hardly likely to catch a glimpse of the six metre giant orange inflatable blimp that depicts him as a screaming baby.

Britain "is in somewhat turmoil", Trump said before departing Washington, remarking that dealing with Putin might surprisingly be the easiest part of the European trip.

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The US Embassy in London has issued a warning to Americans in Britain to keep a "low profile" during Donald Trump's visit.

Nick Hurd, Britain's Policing Minister, told parliament police expected more than 100 protests across the country, including two large demonstrations in London on Friday, and there were robust and proportionate plans in place.

May is hoping Trump's trip will boost the close ties between their two nations and help forge a future free trade deal once Britain leaves the EU.

The people who started the campaign say that the balloon is a means to ensure that Trump "knows that all of Britain is looking down on him and laughing at him".

"But from the public, the welcome will be far from warm", he added, saying there would be protests across the country against Trump's "abysmal record on human rights, his repugnant attitude towards women and his disgusting treatment of minorities".

But Drew, an American student who lives here in the United Kingdom, won't be among the demonstrators.

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President Trump will head to London on Friday, where he's expected to face protests at every turn.

Any yet Britain has entertained some equally controversial world leaders before him.

From there, Trump and his wife Melania are expected to travel to Windsor to meet Queen Elizabeth.

He will spend just one night in the capital before going to Prime Minister Theresa May's country retreat Chequers in Buckinghamshire.

Russia, Brexit and the Middle East are set to top the agenda.

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