Trump to Seek Stronger U.S.-U.K. Ties

The US president will also meet with Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle in a suburb of London.

"We are confident that there will be huge demonstrations against Trump wherever he visits", said Chris Nineham, of the Stop the War Coalition, which is helping to stage the so-called "carnival of protest".

Instead Donald Trump will be treated to a black-tie dinner at Blenheim Palace, lunch with Theresa May at Chequers, and a meeting with the Queen at Windsor Castle.

After spending the night in London, Trump and May will meet for "bilateral talks on a range of subjects", Johnson said, at Chequers, the prime minister's country home - or the British government's version of Camp David.

"The president knows this country probably better than any president in recent history", Ambassador Woody Johnson told reporters in a briefing call Friday.

The visit, which coincides with Theresa May's second anniversary as Prime Minister, is expected to be met by protests, including the flying of a blimp depicting the 45th president of the U.S. as an angry orange baby over London.

But after a lot of backlash from MPs and more than one million people signing a petition against the trip, a date has still not been set for the state visit.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who has had a number of social media spats with the president, on Thursday gave permission for a blimp portraying Donald Trump as an orange, snarling baby to be flown over parliament.

Trump is due to land in the London area on Thursday afternoon after a two-day North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels.

"He would love to do a bilateral trade deal and he is really ready to step up on that the minute we get the go ahead to do it", Johnson said, adding that USA government agencies were already looking at how to put a deal together.

She added: "As with any protest, we are a free and open democracy and we believe in the right to peaceful protest".

Trump will be greeted by protests and a giant flying Baby Trump balloon flying over London.

Robbins said it was also "really noticeable that he will barely spend any time in London" - perhaps to avoid the protests.

Tens of thousands of protesters are expected to turn out against Donald Trump when he visits Britain next week but some believe the protests are an embarrassment and that the USA president deserves a warm welcome.

The president and first lady will fly on Friday evening to Scotland.

The welcoming event in the pub is in contrast to the large scale protests expected in the capital during the president's visit.

BBC diplomatic correspondent Robbins said while the government realises it is a controversial trip, President Trump is "fully entitled" to be welcomed into the United Kingdom in this way. He declined to confirm whether Mr Trump would play golf in Scotland - where he owns two courses - stressing that the weekend would be dominated by preparations for his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday. Blenheim is famed as the birthplace of Winston Churchill.

  • Rogelio Becker