Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Theresa May hopes Donald Trump visit will boost US-UK links

Theresa May hopes Donald Trump visit will boost US-UK links

As part of the visit, Mrs Trump will meet veterans and schoolchildren in London on Friday, accompanied by the PM's husband Philip May.

"For a U.S. president who retweets far-right Britain First propaganda, insults Londoners at times of tragedy, and refuses to condemn white supremacist marches at home, this insult is well deserved" said Labour MP David Lammy.

"I said "If the President is coming to town I'll call it the Trump Arms", he said.

Trump's trip is the latest installment of the "special relationship" the U.S. and United Kingdom share, which has been a decades-long diplomatic and political bond.

A giant balloon of Trump as a baby will spend two hours floating over London's historic Parliament Square, close to the houses of parliament, after the mayor of London gave permission to an activist who raised £17,000 ($23,000) for the cause.

Trump has always been a Brexit supporter and has expressed enthusiasm for a wide-ranging trade deal with Britain after Brexit, something heralded by eurosceptics as being one of the great benefits of exiting the bloc. The people voted to break it up so I would imagine that's what they would do, but maybe they're taking a different route - I don't know if that is what they voted for'.

May will host a black-tie dinner for Trump at the stately home that will be attended by senior ministers and about 100 business leaders, including the likes of Blackstone group, Blackrock, Diageo, McLaren and Arup.

Mr Trump will touch down for his highly controversial four-day trip which has sparked protests and demonstrations in the capital leaving taxpayers footing a police and security bill of up to £10 million.

That is one of the few central London locations Mr Trump will visit during his time here.

Scotland Yard said the Welcome Trump procession was planning to join with a Free Tommy Robinson march, backing the jailed far-right activist.

President Donald Trump hasn't always had the best luck when it comes to making hand-to-hand contact with his wife, First Lady Melania Trump. "Everywhere he goes there are protests, so I don't think it really makes a big impression on him".

"NHS may have challenges but I'm proud to be from the country that invented universal coverage - where all get care no matter the size of their bank balance", Hunt tweeted at the time.

This week's stop will be categorized as a "working visit" - without the elaborate trappings such as a horse parade or a state dinner at Buckingham Palace.

The President also backed down over threats to pull the United States out of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation after other leaders agreed to increase defence spending 'like they never have before.

On Friday, May and Trump will visit a defense site then travel to the prime minister's Chequers country residence for talks followed by a press conference.

The coalition has pledged multiple demonstrations along every step of his planned itinerary, which will include meeting Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle on Friday.

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