Trump greeted with protests during first United Kingdom visit

Susanna Reid Sadiq Khan

Demonstrators will assemble outside the BBC building in Portland Place at 2pm on Friday and march to Trafalgar Square for a rally.

Mr. Trump has been quick to criticize British society, telling an NRA convention in May that the British didn't have guns but had so much knife crime that one hospital was like a military war zone with its floors awash with blood - a statement quickly rebutted by British physicians and politicians. However, that has angered hardliners in May's Cabinet and prompted high-level resignations in the past week, including the departure of Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who Trump called "a very talented guy".

On immigration, Trump said, "Allowing the immigration to take place in Europe is a shame".

Sarah Elliott, chairwoman of Republicans Overseas UK, said that as president, Trump should be offered respect wherever he goes.

Trump arrived from the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, touching down at Stansted Airport, 42 miles northeast of London.

Later, Trump and his wife attended a black-tie dinner hosted by May at Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill, before returning to Winfield for the night.

"But instead the Tories are rewarding President Trump with a red carpet welcome".

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has come under fire for his approval of a blimp featuring US President Donald Trump dressed as a baby.

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Sam Fullerton from Oklahoma said while Mr Trump may not see the protest from Winfield House which is set back inside the fenced-off area in the park, he hoped he would hear it or see it on television.

But, while the balloon has led to significant media coverage in both the United Kingdom and the U.S., Ambassador Woody Johnson said in an interview with BBC Radio 4 that he sees the balloon as being out of touch with the broader views of the British public.

Speaking to The Sun, he said: "I actually told Theresa May how to do it but she didn't agree, she didn't listen to me".

But it's not simply the protesters, who are expected to dog Mr. Trump throughout his visit, including his weekend in Scotland, but his fraught relationship with political leaders accustomed to harmonious exchanges with USA leaders, a tradition of unity that goes back at least to the vital World War II partnership of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill.

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.

"The requirements of this complex operation need to be balanced with the right of individuals to a freedom of speech". "The mayor of London should be ashamed of himself".

"The United Kingdom is leaving the European Union in a few months' time and are they prepared to do a free trade deal with the USA, because Mr. Trump is".

Mr Trump will spend the weekend in Scotland where he has two golf courses and plans to play at least once.

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