Trump visit: London on LOCKDOWN as trip to spark protests
- Author: Stacy Allen Jul 12, 2018,
Jul 12, 2018, 20:25
Queen Elizabeth II has outlasted 13 United States presidents during her reign.
After landing at Stansted Airport, the US President is set to fly to the US Ambassador's residence by helicopter, where he will stay the night.
Trump pictured setting off to a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Europe from Joint Base Andrews, Md., on Tuesday.
"It is in the interests of the U.K.to stand up and take a firm moral stance", said Zoe Gardner, a researcher and spokesperson of the Stop Trump Coalition, which is organizing protests this week in cities across the country. "It's really kind of irrelevant to what we're trying to do, and doesn't express the opinion of the British people that I've met", he told the BBC's Today programme.
"And I said Putin may be the easiest of them all", he continued.
Asked about Trump's comments at a hastily-arranged meeting with journalists, May said she was delivering wishes of the British people.
The US president's brash style and hardline "America First" policies have caused consternation across Britain's political spectrum and society.
May is trying to unify her deeply divided Conservative Party behind her Brexit plans with some of her own lawmakers openly speaking of a leadership challenge.
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.
The US Embassy in London has issued a warning to Americans in Britain to keep a "low profile" during Donald Trump's visit. A YouGov poll on Wednesday showed 77 percent had an unfavorable opinion of the president and just 50 percent thought his visit should go ahead.
Aberdeenshire Council leader Jim Gifford said last November that he now felt Trump's golf course investment was not worth the environmental trade-off. "I'm very strong on immigration".
Donald Trump will then visit the Queen with first lady Melania Trump at Windsor Castle before heading off to Theresa May's countryside home Chequers. Trump was largely steering clear of London, where protests are planned and where organizers had permission to fly a blimp over Parliament portraying the president as an orange crying baby.
"Our trade and investment relationship is unrivalled - we are the largest investors in each other's economies and every day a million British people go to work for U.S. companies in the United Kingdom and a million Americans go to work for United Kingdom companies in the U.S.", May said.