As He Lands In UK, Trump Says ''Fine'' With Protests

Ruben Hill
July 12, 2018

But as President Trump arrives in Britain on Thursday, he will find plenty of people who think it is more important to oppose him than it is to nurture U.S. -U.K. ties.

Here is what 20 people who we spoke to on the streets of London thought about the U.S. president's upcoming visit.

In a press conference this morning, Trump said he is "fine" with the mass protests planned in the country and that Britons like him "a lot".

"I'm not for or against him coming, but I hope he doesn't come here and do something negative". They like me a lot in the UK. "Britain is going to have to look right around the world for allies with which to do trade deals". He added: "I think that's why Brexit happened".

Mr Trump has recently been under fire for his immigration police which saw the separation of immigrant families and caused wide-spread anger.

Like this go-round, protesters promised widespread backlash back in February amid the president's plans to travel to London for the grand-opening of a new US embassy.

There are fears that demonstrations during Trump's three-day visit to the United Kingdom from Thursday could turn violent.

London mayor Sadiq Khan gave permission for the Trump Baby, which depicts the president as an angry infant wearing a nappy, to fly above Parliament Square after campaigners raised £16,000 to pay for it.

As well as in London, protests are expected to take place in Bristol, Newcastle, Leeds, Cambridge and Cardiff after Trump arrives here on Thursday.

May will seek to put the tensions behind her when she hosts Trump later Thursday for a black-tie dinner with business leaders at Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of World War II prime minister Winston Churchill.

The city appears to not be the president's biggest fan - plans for a formal state visit were put on hold a year ago after hundreds of thousands of people threatened to protest. There will also be a "Stop Trump" march in central London expected to be attended by thousands.

Trump was making his first trip to Great Britain as president after a tense summit with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders in Brussels that began Wednesday and on the heels of ruptures in May's government because of the crisis over Britain's exit from the European Union.

The President of the United States of America visits the UK this week, and if he was any other leader it would be a simple exercise in global politics.

The president and his wife Melania are due to arrive in Scotland on Friday evening after meeting the Queen at Windsor Castle.

Along with trade and security links, 10 Downing Street said the other key areas to be discussed between Prime Minister May and President Trump included Brexit and the Middle East.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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