US President Donald Trump arrived here today on his maiden visit to the United Kingdom during which he will hold talks with Prime Minister Theresa May over closer post-Brexit ties and have an audience with the Queen, amid mass protests including a giant "Trump baby" in a nappy to oppose his controversial policies.
Fresh from a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit where Trump chided Germany and other European nations for failing to contribute enough to defence spending, British Prime Minister Theresa May is hoping his trip will boost the close ties between their two nations and help forge a future free trade deal.
During the dinner, they reaffirmed their strong alliance and vowed to jointly fight against terrorism and Russian aggression. "I think meeting with people is great".
Trump next heads to Windsor Castle later Friday for tea with the queen, as protesters stage a mass demonstration in London.
Melania's diary suggests that while Mr Trump is expected to avoid protests with visits outside of the capital on Friday, she will be in London for the first part of the day.
There are also plans for protestors to gather close to the United States ambassador's residence in Regent's Park, where Trump and his wife, Melania, will stay overnight on Thursday.
But Owen Jones, a left-wing journalist and lead organizer of Britain's "Stop Trump" protests, said Wednesday: "We need to show that we abhor everything that Trump represents: the bigotry, racism, anti-Muslim prejudice and misogyny".
But it is unlikely the Trumps even saw them.
Despite not being an official state visit, the Government is desperate to ensure the U.S. leader feels he is being treated with the appropriate level of pomp and ceremony.
The UK's Police Federation has warned the visit will put "unquestionable pressure" on police forces as tens of thousands of people are expected to protest against Trump in London and Glasgow.
On Saturday he will fly up to Scotland to play golf at one of his resorts and his son Eric landed in the family's "Trump Force One" private jet at Aberdeen, before flying to Helsinki to meet Vladimir Putin on Monday.
Just hours after May's foreign minister, Boris Johnson, resigned and complained that the Brexit dream was being suffocated, Trump said he might speak to him during the trip. But on Thursday they said they welcomed the plan and would study it closely.
But British Prime Minister Theresa May is hoping his trip will boost the close ties between their two nations and help in forging a future free trade deal.
Mr Trump cancelled a planned visit to open the newly-relocated embassy at the beginning of the year, saying it was a "bad deal" to move from Grosvenor Square in the prestigious Mayfair district of central London to what he described as an "off location" at Nine Elms, south of the Thames.
"The spirit of friendship and co-operation between our countries, our leaders and our people, that most special of relationships, has a long and proud history".
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