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

Protests, pro-rallies planned across United Kingdom ahead of Trump's visit

Protests, pro-rallies planned across United Kingdom ahead of Trump's visit

Donald Trump arrives in Britain on Thursday for his first visit as US president, flying into a whirlwind of protests against him and political turmoil over Brexit.

It is understood that, despite speculation, the Duke of York is not expected to play golf with Trump during his visit.

Meanwhile, in the capital city thousands will gather in a various of protests to voice their views against the U.S. president, including a march that could be attended by as many as 50,000 people and a flying protest involving the "Baby Trump" balloon.

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.

After a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit where he provoked a crisis session to force allies to raise their defense spending, Trump landed in Britain having described the closest USA ally in Europe as being in turmoil over Brexit.

In recent months, the President has bickered with British officials over his tweets and comments, complicating his relationship with one of America's closest allies.

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The protesters have planned flying a giant balloon of Trump depicted as a baby crying in its nappies next to the British Parliament on Friday and the protest initiative has been named "Trump Baby", the AFP report said.

Mr Smyth said he hoped the protests, and specifically the Trump baby blimp, do not upset the American public.

May will seek to put the diplomatic tensions behind her when she hosts Trump on Thursday for a black-tie dinner with business leaders at Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of World War II prime minister Winston Churchill.

The request for the orange-hued blimp to fly was approved by London Mayor Sadiq Khan - who has had a testy Twitter relationship with Trump - after more than 10,000 people signed a petition.

Mr Trump and his wife will spend their first night in Britain at Winfield House in the park, which is the US Ambassador's residence in London.

Mr and Mrs Trump will also join the Queen for tea at the Castle.

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May, who faced flak over the UK's ties with the USA when the Trump administration was under serious criticism over its controversial immigration policies, reiterated that the United Kingdom did not have an alliance stronger than that with the U.S. and things will remain so in the days to come, the AFP report added.

On Friday, demonstrators are expected to gather near Chequers, the Prime Minister's country residence, where May and Trump will hold a working lunch.

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.

Mrs May will be seeking to improve her often publicly strained relationship with he U.S. president as she pushes for a post-Brexit trade deal with America.

The US president will touch down at Stansted Airport on Thursday evening.

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