Pres. Trump Greeted With Ceremony In England

Trump Scotland visit

Trump Scotland visit

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who signed off on the so-called "Trump Baby" blimp, defended the decision Thursday, arguing the protests were not anti-American.

More than 10,000 pounds ($18,400) was raised via a crowdfunding site to get the six-metre inflatable up in the air - smashing the original target of $9,000.

The diaper-clad infant, with a quiff of hair and a mobile phone for tweeting, is soaring over the Houses of Parliament, the centerpiece of demonstrations protesting Trump's policies on issues ranging from immigration and race relations to women and climate change.

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.

President Donald Trump's visit to Britain includes a gala dinner, tea with the queen and lunch with the prime minster, but his itinerary will keep him out of central London on Friday, when large protests are planned.

"I look at cities in Europe, and I can be specific if you'd like".

Labour's shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry told Sky News she felt sorry for Mrs May, adding: "Donald Trump ought to have listened to his mother".

The president is in Britain from Thursday to Sunday for an informal "working" visit, where he has met Prime Minister Theresa May and is due to meet the Queen.

Foreign Office Minister Sir Alan Duncan said he did not think Mr Trump's remarks were rude.

The US president and First Lady Melania Trump's arrival was marked by a military ceremony, with bandsmen of the Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards playing the Liberty Fanfare, Amazing Grace and the National Emblem march.

The president and his wife will attend a dinner, hosted by Mrs May, at Blenheim Palace - the ancestral home of former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill - in the evening. "But I believe the people in the UK, Scotland, Ireland - as you know I have property in Ireland, I have property all over - I think that those people, they like me a lot and they agree with me on immigration".

"We hope that wherever Donald Trump goes, he hears and sees the strength of a British opinion that rejects not just him as a person and however distasteful he is as a person, but the policies and politics that he represents", said Asad Rehman, organiser of UK Protests Against Trump's Visit.

Trump has sided firmly with Brexiteers, saying what May proposed would hurt the chances of a future trade deal between the United Kingdom and the US.

The "millions and millions of people" who are immigrating to Europe is "very, very sad", Trump said, telling The Sun that "allowing the immigration to take place in Europe is a shame".

His comments came at the end of a tumultuous few days for May, during which two senior ministers resigned in protest at her plans for trade with the European Union after Britain leaves the bloc next March. I would say Brexit is Brexit. "They like me a lot in the UK".

Trump's visit comes at a time of political turmoil for the embattled British prime minister, who is fending off criticism over her plans for a "soft Brexit".

"They were probably anxious", he added, saying he was "very firm".

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

"We expect the highest standards of each other".

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