Published: Wed, July 18, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Trump’s trip to the UK has many hallmarks of a state visit

Trump’s trip to the UK has many hallmarks of a state visit

Theresa May has used a lavish welcome dinner for Donald Trump at Blenheim Palace to press her case for an ambitious new trade deal with the United States after Brexit.

Theresa May pressed Donald Trump for a trade deal between Britain and the United States after the American president arrived in the UK, hours after he had questioned her Brexit plan.

But as President Trump arrives in Britain on Thursday, he will find plenty of people who think it is more important to oppose him than it is to nurture U.S. -U.K. ties. He also praised one of May's political rivals, former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, who resigned from her government in protest this week.

When asked for his views on Brexit, which he has previously backed, Trump said "it's not for me to say what they should be doing in the UK".

"I think he's got what it takes and I think he has got the right attitude to be a great prime minister".

The request for the orange-hued blimp to fly was approved by London Mayor Sadiq Khan - who has had a testy Twitter relationship with Trump - after more than 10,000 people signed a petition. He is due to hold talks with May and take tea with Queen Elizabeth II.

Stoltenberg says Trump's approach is paying off.

In this interview, Mr Trump said: "You have a mayor who has done a bad job in London".

"Now, as we prepare to leave the European Union, we have an unprecedented opportunity to do more".

Mr Trump with meet with UK Prime Minister Theresa May and the Queen.

Downing Street has not yet reacted to Trump's remarks, the BBC reported.

2018 President Donald Trump meets with British Prime Minister Theresa May at the World Economic Forum in Davo
2018 President Donald Trump meets with British Prime Minister Theresa May at the World Economic Forum in Davo

The UK government plan for Brexit also calls for a future customs arrangement under which Britain would collect European Union tariffs on goods bound for the bloc.

"There's always turmoil in every country but no, no, I think the United Kingdom is proceeding as it always does", he told BBC radio.

"I don't know if that is what they voted for", he said. She said they will discuss security and defense, an aspect of the relationship that is causing anxiety for some British politicians.

Trump arrived in Britain after a fraught North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels where he piled pressure on allies to double their defense spending.

But her address to Mr Trump at the Oxfordshire stately home - the birthplace of Winston Churchill - followed a Brussels press conference where the United States leader highlighted Government divisions over Brexit.

"He will hold bilateral talks with the Prime Minister during his visit", the Prime Minister's spokesman previously told Sky News.

Outside Blenheim Palace, near Oxford to the northwest of London, a couple of thousand demonstrators lined the road and booed before Trump's arrival, one of over 100 protests police expect to take place during his four-day trip.

The convention-shredding USA president ignored diplomatic niceties ahead of touching down for the four-day visit - his first to Britain since taking power - by rebuking his beleaguered host as she battles to stop her government falling apart over Brexit.

John Rees of the Stop the War group said in reference to Trump: "He's a wrecking ball for race relations, he's a wrecking ball for prosperity, he's a wrecking ball for women's rights, he's a wrecking ball for any peace and justice in this world and we have to stop him".

Demonstrations are planned against US President Donald Trump in London, as well as Windsor, Bristol, Newcastle, Leeds, Cambridge, Cardiff, Glasgow and the west coast of Scotland, where he has a golf course.

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