Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Trump stokes Britain's Brexit turmoil at start of visit

Trump stokes Britain's Brexit turmoil at start of visit

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May shakes hands with President Trump before a black-tie dinner with business leaders at Blenheim Palace, west of London, Thursday.

Opponents to the controversial U.S. leader have threatened mass protests but Mr Trump is expected to avoid areas such as central London where demonstrators are likely to gather.

President Donald Trump has said British Prime Minister Theresa May's proposed Brexit plan will "probably kill" off any chance of a UK-US trade deal.

Trump flew in after a fraught North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels where he piled pressure on allies to double their defense spending.

"So I would imagine that's what they will do, but maybe they will take a little bit of a different route".

Supporters of Donald Trump say a protest baby blimp set to fly over London is disrespectful to the President - but one thinks he will actually find it "funny".

The controversial 45th President of the United States will visit the UK for the first time in his position on Thursday, July 12. Organizers now say they hope to take the blimp on a "world tour", following Trump on his worldwide diplomatic engagements. "People see him as a cheap huckster who happens to have an office we respect as president of the United States".

Earlier on Thursday, Trump said he believes London citizens "like me a lot", despite reports of multiple planned protests against him, including a protest involving a 20-foot-tall inflatable baby bearing his face that was scheduled to be flown during his visit.

But the environment secretary said he was not sure he possessed the "diplomatic skills" to bring Mr Trump round to his line of thinking.

The poll is "noticeably higher than in previous YouGov polls that asked about a state rather than a working visit", YouGov wrote in an analysis.

Anti-Trump protesters lined the roadway leading to the palace near Oxford - but it's unlikely the Trumps even saw them.

Britain "is in somewhat turmoil", Trump said before departing Washington, remarking that dealing with Putin might surprisingly be the easiest part of the European trip.

President Trump, who will also spend time with the Queen during his stay, said: "I think they like me a lot in the UK". "I think they agree with me on immigration".

U.S. President Donald Trump's first official visit to the U.K.is off to a contentious start with the President challenging Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit strategy and highlighting her political troubles.

However, despite the welcome from May, many Britons remain deeply opposed to Trump's visit. "We have come to an agreement which absolutely delivers what people voted for", she said in a statement.

Trump's trip coincides with a tumultuous week for May after two senior ministers resigned in protest at her plans for trade with the European Union after Britain leaves next March.

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.

The two leaders will hold talks the following day at Chequers, the 16th-century manor house which is the prime minister's official country residence which will focus on Russian Federation, trade, Brexit and Middle East.

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