President Trump makes his United Kingdom debut

President Trump makes his United Kingdom debut

Supporters of Donald Trump say a protest baby blimp set to fly over London is disrespectful to the President - but one thinks he will actually find it "funny".

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.

Scotland Yard said it has specialist plans in place to ensure the event will be secure and said in a statement: "We are preparing for a multi-faceted policing and security operation, involving the protection and movement of the president". She's planning to attend anti-Trump protests.

"May's rushed diplomacy with Trump has been foolish: what has she actually got out of the relationship so far?" said one senior European diplomat in London, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. "You are our friends and we will be proud to march with you". "It seems so un-American".

Johnson has told reporters that Americans respected peaceful protest.

Ahead of Trump's visit, the PM said: "There is no stronger alliance than that of our special relationship with the U.S. and there will be no alliance more important in the years ahead".

May appears to have seen off an immediate challenge to her leadership from malcontents within her Conservative Party but Trump's comments ahead of the trip - that Britain was "in somewhat turmoil" and that it was up to the people if she stayed in power - fanned the sense of political crisis.

The US embassy's alert to American citizens was an unusual step, CNN reported.

He's one of the most divisive presidents in USA history.

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"It's a disastrous and divisive time, and Trump is very much part of that", he said.

Trump postponed his trip several times as a petition to block him from entering the United Kingdom gained so many signatures that it was debated in parliament. Still, lawmakers had no qualms about publicly calling Trump a demagogue and a fool.

May will seek to put the diplomatic tensions behind her when she hosts Trump on Thursday for a black-tie dinner with business leaders at Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of World War II prime minister Winston Churchill.

Yet Trump's schedule will largely keep him out of central London.

Windsor Castle, Blenheim Palace near Oxford and Chequers are all covered by the police force.

But for many British diplomats, Brexit marks the collapse of a 70-year British strategy of trying to balance European integration with a US alliance based on blood, trade and intelligence sharing.

More than 50,000 people have signed up to demonstrate in London on Friday against his visit although a counter-gathering to welcome him is also planned.

Nearly all of Trump's activities will be outside the city: He'll meet the Queen at Windsor Castle, not Buckingham Palace.

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