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Americans warned to keep a low profile

13 July 2018
Americans warned to keep a low profile

"Donald Trump could do perfectly fine doing rallies in the USA".

While Britain regards the United States as its closest ally, Trump's comments on militant attacks in Britain and his retweeting of anti-Muslim videos posted by a leader of a far-right UK group have sparked anger. This is his full schedule.

Hundreds of thousands of Britons are expected to take to the streets nationwideon Friday in opposition to Trump, who is scheduled to arrive in the U.K. Thursday evening.

Ahead of his visit, Trump said Britain was now "in somewhat turmoil" as Prime Minister May grappled with a political crisis after two top ministers quit over her plans for trade ties with the European Union after Britain leaves the bloc next March.

Donald Trump will land in Britain after flying in from the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.

Mr Trump will be met by International Trade Secretary Liam Fox when he touches down in the United Kingdom this afternoon.

He is only expected to spend one night in London at Winfield House, the USA ambassador's official residence in Regent's Park, on Thursday, when he arrives in the city. The bands will play the Liberty Fanfare, Amazing Grace, and the National Emblem.

The US president's brash style and hard line "America First" policies have caused consternation across Britain's political spectrum and society.

They will then spend the night at the American ambassador's residence in Regent's Park, Winfield House. This will include a working lunch.

The prime minister will host a gala dinner and a meeting with Trump, giving them time to talk. The Queen and Mr Trump will inspect the Guard of Honour before watching the military march past.

Trump is expected to meet with both May and the Queen before spending two days in Scotland.

But there will still be other anti-Trump events going on around the city, if you want to eyeball the action.

A high metal fence has been erected around the U.S. ambassador's central London residence where Trump will spend Thursday night.

Scotland Yard said it has specialist plans in place to ensure the event will be secure and said in a statement: "We are preparing for a multi-faceted policing and security operation, involving the protection and movement of the president".

A Go Home van will be driven around Westminster during the afternoon.

Top it off with the introduction of trade policies that have targeted some European industries - even though European nations are longtime friends accustomed to easy trade with the USA - and it is not surprising that Trump's itinerary will keep him out of central London on Friday, when large protests are planned.

Protests will also take place across the country, including in George Square, Glasgow and Albert Square, Manchester. A giant inflatable depiction of Trump as a almost naked baby will hover above Parliament Square.