Trump unfazed by planned United Kingdom protests, ambassador claims

Larry Hoffman
July 9, 2018

Trump will meet the queen at Windsor Castle on Friday before traveling to Scotland for the rest of that weekend.

It has vowed to gather near the USA ambassador's residence in London, where Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will stay Thursday night, and outside Blenheim Palace, wartime leader Winston Churchill's birthplace, which hosts the pair for dinner prior.

The talks will be followed by a press conference and Trump and his wife will then travel to Windsor Castle to meet Queen Elizabeth.

Asked whether Trump's schedule was created to keep him away from protests, a Downing Street spokesman said: 'Prime ministers frequently make use of Chequers for meetings with foreign leaders.

If the U.S president wants to visit a traditional London pub during his visit then he will be assured of a warm welcome in one hostelry.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has given permission for the balloon - a "six-metre-high, orange, inflatable baby with a malevolent face and tiny hands", according to organisers - to fly over London while Trump meets Prime Minister Theresa May at 10 Downing Street on July 13.

Trump will arrive at London's Stansted Airport Thursday, following a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels.

Downing Street said the dinner was meant to "celebrate the strong business links between our two countries" at a time when the United Kingdom is hoping to strike a free trade deal with the USA following Brexit.

"For a USA president who retweets far-right Britain First propaganda, insults Londoners at times of tragedy, and refuses to condemn white supremacist marches at home, this insult is well deserved" said Labour MP David Lammy.

But it is possible that the President may be able to hear not only noise from any demonstrations on the streets outside, but also the call to prayer from the Central Mosque next door and the growls of lions and tigers at nearby London Zoo.

Shortly after his inauguration in January 2017, Trump was offered an official state visit to the U.K. However, plans for an official state visit have been put on hold after reports that protests would erupt should he visit.

The visit comes at a testing time: May is battling to make a success of Brexit and keep her minority government together, while Trump is challenging Western assumptions about free trade and turning away from global institutions.

Smyth expressed doubts that the president would stop by for a pint but said he would "have a pint of stout ready for him in case".

"And he will get it done fast, because I know it is a major priority for him". Mr. Trump has two golf courses in Scotland.

Local councillors in west Oxfordshire from the opposition Labour Party also wrote in an open letter to Trump that they object to his visit to Blenheim Palace.

They added that Trump Baby "can become a permanent feature of this terrible Presidency, a constant, unmissable reminder of the contempt with which this embarrassment of a man is held by everyone outside of his deranged, bigoted base".

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