Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

US President to meet Theresa May to discuss post-Brexit ties

US President to meet Theresa May to discuss post-Brexit ties

Mass protests are expected to greet Donald Trump as he arrives for his first visit to Britain as president.

British Prime Minister Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth II attend the formal opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace on April 19, 2018, in London.

A giant inflatable "Trump baby" will be brought to Scotland to coincide with the USA president's visit over the weekend.

Thousands of protesters are expected to join demonstrations during his visit, including plans to fly a blimp over parliament portraying Trump as an angry orange baby.

He is due to stay overnight at the ambassador's Winfield House residence in London's Regent's Park, where demonstrators plan to play recordings of migrant children held in United States detention centres.

Ignoring all diplomatic niceties, the convention-shredding USA president set up the four-day visit with a rebuke of his beleaguered host as she battles to stop her government falling apart over Brexit.

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President Trump: "I think they like me a lot in the U.K".

Earlier, Mr Trump told reporters: "I think they like me a lot in the United Kingdom, I think they agree with me on immigration".

Fielding questions following the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, Mr Trump was asked his views on Britain's withdrawal from the European Union, suggesting it may deliver a softer Brexit that was not what the public wanted. "They like me a lot in the United Kingdom".

One Facebook page advertising a London protest against Trump's first visit to Britain as president has around 60,000 people saying they will attend.

Donald Trump will bring as many as 1,000 staff with him on his working visit to Britain, as well as a motorcade and a number of helicopters.

"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.

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Well, at least Melania Trump is spending her time in London - and maybe Donald Trump could take some learning from that.

With Trump at all times will be a White House doctor and one of five rotating military aides who carry the nuclear "football" - equipped with communication tools and a book with prepared war plans.

The two leaders will hold talks the following day at Chequers, the 16th-century manor house which is the prime minister's official country residence.

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.

Around 7,000 people have signed a petition urging authorities in Scotland to grant the same permission for Turnberry, which is covered by aerial restrictions during Mr Trump's stay.

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