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Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Americans In London Urged To 'Keep A Low Profile' During Trump Visit

Americans In London Urged To 'Keep A Low Profile' During Trump Visit

Newham mayor Rokhsana Fiaz (front, centre) has joined calls for protests against US President Donald Trump's United Kingdom visit and a far right march.

Mass protests are expected across Britain, leading police to mobilize to a degree not seen since 2011.

Sadiq Khan supported the decision taken by the Greater London Authority to allow the 20ft inflatable, dubbed "Trump Baby" to rise above Parliament Square Gardens for two hours on Friday morning while the USA president is in London.

The blimp will then be used at a protest planned in Scotland, his mother's homeland, when Trump goes there for the weekend.

And tension could be sparked as Mrs May expects the USA president to remember the "malign behaviour" of Russian Federation when he meets Mr Putin.

Mr Trump's schedule will largely keep him out of central London and it seems unlikely that the United States president will come close enough to Westminster to see the blimp.

"In terms of the special relationship - there is a strong bond from history, language, shared western values that is going to continue regardless of the protesters here or in the United States", she said.

A high metal fence has been erected around the US ambassador's central London residence where Trump will spend Thursday night and the embassy has sent out an alert warning Americans in London to keep a low profile in case protests turn violent.

Gardner, who works with refugees as part of her doctoral research at the London School of Economics, said Trump's speeches about refugees and immigrants are "a very risky line of rhetoric to be normalized".

While Trump is expected to have a busy schedule throughout his visit, there is at least one place that he will avoid: central London.

The six-metre-tall inflatable, which wears a diaper and carries a smartphone, is set to fly on Jul 13 between 9.30am and 11.30am above Parliament Square Garden, next to the Houses of Parliament.

He will partake in a black-tie dinner on Thursday at Blenheim Palace with the Prime Minister, before meeting The Queen for tea at Windsor Castle on Friday.

"He's been very, very nice to me, very supportive", he said.

In a TV clash with Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan yesterday, the mayor of London said it was not his job to act as a "censor".

Trump's trip coincides with a tumultuous week for May after two senior ministers resigned in protest at her plans for trade with the European Union after Britain leaves next March.

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