Published: Sun, July 08, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Trump to visit Windsor and Chequers on United Kingdom trip

Trump to visit Windsor and Chequers on United Kingdom trip

The U.S. ambassador to Britain said the administration is "aware" of the giant baby Trump balloon that will greet the president on his first official trip to London on Thursday, "but, you know, the president is keenly focused on what his objectives are".

The president will spend Thursday night at US Ambassador Robert "Woody" Johnson's London residence but will otherwise steer clear of the city.

He added that the Marine One helicopter would be used primarily to get around.

Trump's postprandial departure will be accompanied by the Royal Regiment of Scotland playing the bagpipes, a tip of the hat perhaps to Trump's Scottish-German heritage. A counter-gathering to welcome him is also planned.

That evening he will attend a black-tie dinner with business leaders at Blenheim Palace, a grand country house near Oxford that was the birthplace of Winston Churchill.

On Twitter former UKIP leader Nigel Farage said the plan was "the biggest insult to a sitting US President ever". Trump has shown irritation before at protests in the United States.

Asked whether May was looking forwards to hosting the USA president, her spokeswoman replied: "Yes".

Mr Johnson told reporters on a conference call Friday that the president's itinerary was not created to keep him away from protesters.

The visit comes at a testing time: May is battling to make a success of Brexit and keep her minority government together, while Trump is challenging Western assumptions about free trade and turning away from global institutions.

But some Britons see Trump as crude, volatile and opposed to their values on a range of issues.

Readers may remember that Mayor Khan has a history of declaring Trump is not welcome in London.

Tens of thousands of protesters are expected to pour into London to demonstrate against the American president - which has been decried by Trump's British supporters, such as Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage, who tweeted Thursday that the "Trump baby" balloon is "the biggest insult to a sitting USA president ever".

The permission to fly the balloon was given by the London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Local councillors in west Oxfordshire from the opposition Labour Party also wrote in an open letter to Trump that they object to his visit to Blenheim Palace.

The guest list for the dinner includes business leaders from a range of sectors and is meant to celebrate the links between the two nations - set to take on new importance in a post-Brexit world.

Donald Trump will spend most of his visit to Britain outside of London ahead of expected protests in the capital.

On Friday, Trump and May will visit an undisclosed location to witness a display by British soldiers.

After that comes a working lunch at Chequers - the prime minister's official country residence now being used for a crucial round of Brexit discussions - for "substantive bilateral talks" covering a "range of foreign policy issues". Mr. Trump will then travel to Windsor Castle to meet Queen Elizabeth II.

Others are holding marches through the city and in Scotland - where President Trump owns golf courses.

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