US president Donald Trump visits UK, in pictures

Larry Hoffman
July 13, 2018

A sign attached to the fence reads: "No access - do not enter". Given the president's itinerary in London (which may or may not have been planned to skirt around the city's planned protests) he is unlikely to catch a glimpse of his blimpy doppelgänger.

The extra security measures may strike Londoners as incongruous, set amid the leafy surrounds of Regent's Park, a spot popular with joggers, picnickers and families.

Matthew Butcher, an anti-Trump campaigner and one of the "babysitters" of the balloon, said: "I think that the thing that the Trump balloon does is that it brings an element of fun to the protests, but it also gets under Donald Trump's very thin skin".

On reaching the residence the pair walked across the lawn hand-in-hand.

The first lady has been praised for her gown across social media.

"The President is not avoiding anything", he said.

"Presidents have been trying unsuccessfully for years to get Germany and other rich NATO Nations to pay more toward their protection from Russian Federation", one tweet said.

"But having a special relationship means that we expect the highest standards from each other, and it also means speaking out when we think the values we hold dear are under threat", he said. After a dinner for business leaders in Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Winston Churchill, he will spent the night in the ambassador's residence in north London.

At the end of the ceremony, the military band played a rendition of "Amazing Grace" with a bagpipe solo.

"Trump's entire political argument revolves and relies around a division between people, and a blame culture".

Rarely has a foreign leader been so mocked on an official visit - London's mayor, Sadiq Khan, a Muslim who has challenged Trump's worldview OK'd the balloon, which is an apt symbol of Trump's tempestuous relationship with Britain, traditionally the United States' closest ally. "Be aware of your surroundings (and) exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings that may become violent", it added.

The publication came after Mr Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrived in England, hours after meeting Ms May at a lavish dinner to mark his first visit to Britain as U.S. president, amid multiple protests across the country. Mr Trump is hardly likely to catch a glimpse of the six metre giant orange inflatable blimp that depicts him as a screaming baby. The group launched a crowdfunding project and has since raised over $40,400.

"They say in the history of people coming to China there has been nothing like that".

Johnson and Trump are both critical of the UK PM's handling of Brexit, likening her plans as causing Britain to function like a "colony state" unable to make its own laws. "I think that's why Brexit happened".

"He is destroying all the norms of what used to be a great democracy in America and so I'm really concerned about my country and I'm here now and so this is where I have the chance to protest him".

But it was unlikely the Trumps even saw them.

"We just hope enough people can see the video and can sing a bit of it - that would be lovely". You have a mayor who has done a awful job in London.

Protests are expected against Trump, whose policies - including a travel ban on a number of predominantly Muslim countries, detention of child migrants on the US-Mexico border and imposition of tariffs on European Union steel and aluminium exports - have all been criticised by the UK.

A campaign is also underway to get "American Idiot", a 2004 song by the U.S. punk rock band Green Day, to the top of the UK Singles Chart.

Following his United Kingdom visit, Trump will move on to Helsinki, where he will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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