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

Trump dodges London protests for tea with Queen Elizabeth

Trump dodges London protests for tea with Queen Elizabeth

Meanwhile, London Mayor Sadiq Khan has granted permission for a giant inflatable figure depicting Mr Trump as a baby to fly over Westminster for two hours on the second day of the president's visit.

In a list of "actions to take", the warning recommended that Americans, "Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings that may become violent", "keep a low profile" and "be aware of your surroundings".

Trump Baby, designed as a statement of protest as Trump visits the United Kingdom this weekend, was brought to life by a crowdfunding campaign, which exceeded its initial £5,000 (S$9,000) target so exponentially that there are now plans to take the balloon around the world, following - and taunting - the USA president wherever he goes.

Mr Trump is due to land this afternoon before attending a black-tie dinner at Blenheim Palace in his honour, where protesters will gather at the gates.

After spending the night at the United States ambassador's official residence, Mr Trump will join Mrs May at a military base tomorrow to observe a joint counter-terrorism exercise involving UK and U.S. special forces.

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Norfolk members of Together Against Trump are planning to join protests in London and have organised a coach to get people to the capital.

In this photo taken on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, children play basketball in the foreground as a six-meter high cartoon baby blimp of U.S. President Donald Trump stands inflated during a practice session in Bingfield Park, north London.

Protests are also planned in more than 30 towns and cities around the country, including Cambridge, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast.

Mr Trump sparked a backlash when he tweeted: "At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is "no reason to be alarmed!"

"He's been very, very nice to me, very supportive", he said.

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Then on Monday, he will be off to Helsinki to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Finally, Trump will meet the Queen at Windsor Castle, before traveling to his golf course in Scotland for the remainder of the weekend.

Ahead of his visit, Trump said Britain was now "in somewhat turmoil" as Prime Minister May grappled with a political crisis after two top ministers quit over her plans for trade ties with the European Union after Britain leaves the bloc next March.

He also refused to endorse Ms May as prime minister and heaped praise on his "friend" Boris Johnson a day after he quit as foreign secretary.

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