Trump visits United Kingdom amid acrimonious relationship with London

Lucy Bush
July 13, 2018

Trump and Melania landed at Stansted Airport earlier this afternoon to begin a four-day tour of the United Kingdom in London.

President Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May, seen during a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels on Wednesday, will reconvene this week in the United Kingdom.

A giant inflatable "Trump baby" will not be allowed to fly over the United States president's Turnberry golf course when he visits over the weekend, Police Scotland have said.

More than 50,000 people have signed up to demonstrate in London, where they intend to fly an oversized balloon depicting the president as an angry baby in a diaper.

He then echoed the British Prime Minister's own words, that "Brexit should mean Brexit".

The organisers behind the blimp however, said they were just "poking fun" and "hope Trump sees it".

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Activist and organiser Leo Murray said: "We didn't get off to the best start with the Mayor's office over this, who originally told us that they didn't recognise Trump baby as legitimate protest".

Ahead of Trump's arrival, the USA embassy advised U.S. citizens in London to "keep a low profile" during Trump's visit.

One of the demonstrations will begin on the evening of July 12, at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, the birthplace of Winston Churchill.

Trump is doing his best to avoid the mass protests planned for his controversial trip, which will include talks with May, tea with Queen Elizabeth II and a private weekend in Scotland.

The embassy also warned Americans, however, to "exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings that may become violent".

The first lady will remain in London on Friday when protests are set to take place. "It's really kind of irrelevant to what we're trying to do, and doesn't express the opinion of the British people that I've met", he told the BBC's Today programme.

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Protests are expected against Trump, whose policies - including a travel ban on a number of predominantly Muslim countries, the detention of child migrants on the US-Mexico border and the imposition of tariffs on European Union steel and aluminium exports - have all been criticised by the UK.

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Blimp organizer Leo Murray said it had been created to speak to Trump "in a language that he understands, which is personal insults".

On Friday, as Melania Trump will accompany Philip May, UK PM Theresa May's husband, in visiting schoolchildren and veterans, Donald Trump will once again head outside the city to attend a military demonstration with his UK counterpart.

An all-night noise protest "Keep Trump Awake in London" is due to take place outside Winfield House from 8 p.m. local time tonight, with the intention of causing a sleepless night for Trump.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has in the past been an outspoken critic of Mr Trump, with a Scottish Government spokesman saying there are no official meetings planned between the two leaders.

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Russia, Brexit and the Middle East are set to top the agenda.

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