US President Donald Trump arrived in "hot spot" Britain on Thursday after casting doubt on Prime Minister Theresa May's plans for leaving the European Union and with protests planned across the country where he says the people like him a lot.
Interested in Donald Trump? Otherwise, he will remain on the outskirts of the city center - which, in some ways, lessens the chance he'll encounter displays of British criticism of his policies directly.
Speaking ahead of his trip, the president described Turnberry as "magical" and "one of my favourite places", adding: "My mother was born in Scotland and I have great friendships over there". Still, activists, members of Parliament, and the mayor of London are angry about their American guest. During Trump's address at Central Intelligence Agency headquarters, on his first full day as commander in chief, Trump noted that Churchill "doesn't come from our country but had a lot to do with it". "I think they agree with me on immigration", Trump said.
Mr. Trump, however, suggested before leaving a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels on Thursday to head for London, that Britons in general agree with his policies, in particular his tough stance on immigration.More news: Catalonia's former leader will 'fight until the end' if extradited to Spain
The biggest protest will take place in central London on Friday when thousands are expected to take to the streets to join the "Stop Trump" march.
In an alert on Tuesday, the U.S. Embassy in London warned citizens about "numerous demonstrations" planned between Thursday and Sunday that could "attract large crowds" less than friendly to U.S. citizens.
A coalition known as Together Against Trump has been the chief organizer of the opposition effort.
"Instead he will stay hidden away in country estates and castles", the statement read. Melania Trump has heard about the plans and isn't excited about her husband's presidency being see as a 'joke'. Melania Trump, 48, isn't amused by the way the Londoners are going to greet her husband. On Friday, the two leaders will participate in a bilateral meeting and joint press conference.More news: Kavanaugh nomination raises questions about ObamaCare's fate
May reached out to him just days after Mr. Trump was inaugurated, extending the invitation for a coveted state visit that would be hosted by Queen Elizabeth II, but that gesture has proved far more controversial than expected as Mr. Trump has shown little interest in maintaining "diplomacy as usual" with European allies.
Although this is Trump's first official trip to the United Kingdom, he has been invited before.
A high metal fence has been erected around the USA ambassador's central London residence where Trump will spend Thursday night and the embassy has sent out an alert warning Americans in London to keep a low profile in case protests turn violent.
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A large protest against the president will be held in Glasgow's George Square on Friday, with a rally also being held outside the president's Balmedie course in Aberdeenshire on Saturday.