Trump arrives United Kingdom for first State visit

There are also plans for protestors to gather close to the U.S. ambassador's residence in Regent's Park, where Trump and his wife, Melania, will stay overnight on Thursday.

Security is still a cornerstone of the relationship, as are trade and less tangible things like shared language and the fact that many Americans are proud of their British roots.

"I just want the people to be happy".

May's "business-friendly" Brexit proposal was agreed by her cabinet only last Friday after two years of wrangling since Britons voted to leave the bloc in a 2016 referendum, though some supporters of Brexit cast it as a betrayal.

"So I would imagine that's what they will do, but maybe they will take a little bit of a different route".

Protests are expected at every stop Trump makes along the way, including a caricature blimp of him as a baby holding a smartphone flown near Parliament on Friday.

Britain "is in somewhat turmoil", Trump said before departing Washington, remarking that dealing with Putin might surprisingly be the easiest part of the European trip.


The visit is seen as crucial at setting the course for a closer trading relationship between the two countries.

Activists inflate a giant balloon depicting US President Donald Trump as an orange baby in north London on July 10, 2018 ahead of a demonstration in London to coincide with the visit of the US president.

Meanwhile, in the capital city thousands will gather in a various of protests to voice their views against the United States president, including a march that could be attended by as many as 50,000 people and a flying protest involving the "Baby Trump" balloon.

Mr Trump will instead be ensconced at Windsor Castle, west of London on Friday when a blimp tethered next to the Houses of Parliament.

Mr. Trump may have ruffled feathers again when he said just before departing for Europe that the United Kingdom was in "turmoil", suggesting it was "up to the people" to decide if Prime Minister Theresa May remains in power after a few days that saw her authority challenged by the resignation of two prominent Cabinet ministers protesting her Brexit policy.

Trump was joining British Prime Minister Theresa May for a black-tie dinner Thursday at Blenheim Palace, Churchill's birthplace near Oxford, at the start of his trip to England. These will focus on relations with Russian Federation, trade, Brexit and the Middle East.

They are expected to be in Scotland until Sunday.

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