Trump arrives in 'hot spot' Britain, questioning May's Brexit plan

Trump arrives in 'hot spot' Britain, questioning May's Brexit plan

U.S. President Donald Trump checks time prior to a dinner at the Art and History Museum at the Parc du Cinquantenaire during the NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium July 11, 2018.

During the dinner, they reaffirmed their strong alliance and vowed to jointly fight against terrorism and Russian aggression.

The trip includes meetings with Prime Minister Theresa May, who has described the U.S. as Britain's strongest ally, and is determined to secure a trade deal after the country acts on Brexit and leaves the European Union in March 2019.

The President and First Lady are also slated to meet with the Queen on Friday in Windsor.

And more than 60,000 people have signed up to demonstrate in London on Friday when protesters intend to fly a large balloon over parliament portraying Trump as an orange, snarling baby.

Following the gala event at the 18th century country house, Trump and his wife will come to central London to spend a night at US Ambassador Woody Johnson's official London residence, Winfield House, in Regent's Park.

"Mr President, Sir Winston Churchill once said that "to have the United States at our side was, to me, the greatest joy", May told Trump, according to a text of her speech provided by her office.

Trump has clashed in the past with May - even though she is a conservative who shares his view that defense spending should be raised - and with her predecessor, David Cameron, who challenged Trump's anti-Muslim campaign stance as "divisive, stupid and wrong".

Despite the welcome from May, many Britons are opposed to Trump's visit.

"I'd like to see them be able to work it out so it could go quickly", he said.


Just two days before Trump's arrival, a dozen organizers and members of parliament accused the British police of "curtailing the right to protest and putting the health and safety of demonstrators in jeopardy" by denying groups permission to set up a stage and sound system at the main protest assembly point in London, the Common Dreams website reported.

A barrage of nationwide protests will greet US President Donald Trump's four-day trip to Britain from Thursday, with organisers hoping to stage one of the country's biggest demonstrations in decades following a series of diplomatic spats.

"Tonight there will be protests, tomorrow there will be protests".

The plans laid out Thursday in a 98-page government paper gave Britain's most detailed answer yet to the question of what will replace them. They will be doing that in concert with the Civil Aviation Authority, the US Air Force and the RAF.

Dick also said the workforce which is having to "flex, surge and to respond" to events is made up of "fantastic people with a clear sense of mission, high skills and wonderful ethics".

The US President arrives after giving North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders a tongue-lashing in Brussels over defence spending and controversial comments about Britain being in "turmoil".

He has also said he might speak to Boris Johnson, who quit as foreign secretary over May's plans.

It was "up to the people" whether or not they want May to stay as Prime Minister, he added.

Before his arrival, Trump declared the United Kingdom was in "turmoil", offering minimal support to the British PM over her handling of Brexit, expressing hope he would meet "friend" Boris Johnson during the visit.

"This week we have an opportunity to deepen this unique trading relationship and begin discussions about how we will forge a strengthened, ambitious and future-proof trade partnership".

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