Protests, pro-rallies planned across UK ahead of Trump's visit

Posted July 13, 2018

LONDONPresident Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump touch down in London on Thursday for a working visit, and while his meeting schedule will keep him nearly exclusively outside of the capital, she will be spending some time in town.

There are fears that demonstrations over Trump's three-day visit to the United Kingdom, where he will meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth, could turn violent.

Asked whether the president was aware of planned protests - including a "Trump baby" balloon being flown over Parliament - Johnson said: "I think we are all aware of these things but the president is focused on what his objectives are".

On the United States embassy: Trump cancelled his first planned visit earlier this year, saying the embassy's move from Grosvenor Square in Mayfair district to an "off location" at Nine Elms, south of the Thames, was a "bad deal".

Nona Hurkmans, one of the activists behind the infantile inflatable of Trump, said the balloon was a fair response to Trump's own behavior and downplayed claims that Trump deserved more respect. "I like Boris Johnson, I've always liked him", said Mr Trump.

Theresa May with Donald Trump at the White House in January 2017.

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In April, Trump criticized the new location of the US Embassy in London after it moved from its long-standing Grosvenor Square site in central London to its new home south of the city.

Trump will meet again with May for a visit to a defence site.

MORE than 60,000 people are expected to protest against Donald Trump in London tomorrow. We are doing just fine!'

Mr Smyth said he hoped the protests, and specifically the Trump baby blimp, do not upset the American public. I think they agree with me on immigration'.

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Organizers of anti-Trump rallies say they are not expecting any trouble at all - and that it would be very unlikely for any hostility to be directed at ordinary Americans.

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It has vowed to gather near the U.S. ambassador's residence in London, where Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will stay Thursday night, and outside Blenheim Palace, wartime leader Winston Churchill's birthplace, which hosts the pair for dinner prior.

"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.

Trump flies in after the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels and leaves Britain on Sunday for talks in Helsinki the following day with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The first couple departed Tuesday for a trip to Europe, where the president is expected to visit the United Kingdom, attend the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, and meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.

Finally, Trump will meet the Queen at Windsor Castle, before traveling to his golf course in Scotland for the remainder of the weekend.

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