Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Trump visit to United Kingdom begins on awkward note

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump departed Tuesday for a weeklong trip to Europe on a four-nation tour with stops in Belgium England Scotland and Finland U.S. Embassy Warns Americans to 'Keep a Low Profile' in London During President Trump's Visit
Rita Gibson | 12 July, 2018, 20:26

The US embassy in London warned Americans in the United Kingdom to keep a "low profile" and be aware of their surroundings as President Donald Trump visits in the coming days.

But as President Trump arrives in Britain on Thursday, he will find plenty of people who think it is more important to oppose him than it is to nurture U.S. -U.K. ties.

Trump will then spend a private weekend in Scotland with his wife, where he owns two golf resorts. After the visit, Trump will decamp to Finland for a one-on-one with Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 16.

Donald Trump, 72, is about to visit the United Kingdom for the first time since being elected president in November 2016, and the British people aren't prepared to give him a warm welcome.

The US Embassy has warned American citizens to keep a low profile during the visit in case protests turn violent.

Shrugging off the plans for mass protests, which on Friday will include a giant baby-shaped blimp bearing Trump's features, he said in Brussels: "They like me a lot in the UK".

"You see the poor old Trump supporter is like a fella with a disease - he's afraid to put his hand up and say that he is a supporter", he said.

"So I would imagine that's what they will do, but maybe they will take a little bit of a different route".

Trump blasts Germany at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit over gas pipeline deal with Russian Federation
Trump does not acknowledge that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners are expected to defend the US if threatened. Trump began his first and only full day in Belgium at a breakfast with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg .

Trump, who has repeatedly praised Brexit, has expressed enthusiasm for a wide-ranging trade deal with Britain after its European Union departure in March next year.

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.

Mr Trump and the Queen will watch the Guard of Honour parade past before having tea with the First Lady.

"If Trump truly wanted to emulate Churchill, he would celebrate the peace and prosperity of Europe and seek to strengthen rather than destroy trans-Atlantic ties", said Amanda Sloat, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a former State Department official in the Obama administration.

The blimp's appearance in central London was approved by the Greater London Authority, and Mayor Sadiq Khan has defended the decision, saying it is not for him to be a censor or to decide what is in good or bad taste.

They will attend a black-tie dinner with Theresa May, before meeting the Queen in Windsor on Friday.

We're more than used to our best sports-stars and celebrities being picked up as "British" in the English media when they're on the rise, and "Irish" when they're underperforming or in trouble.

Aberdeenshire Council leader Jim Gifford said last November that he now felt Trump's golf course investment was not worth the environmental trade-off.

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