Donald Trump 'fine' with protests as United Kingdom visit begins

Donald Trump 'fine' with protests as United Kingdom visit begins

Anger over Trump's visit has already had consequences.

Meanwhile, other activists in London have been quickly raising money to launch their own balloon of Khan, in protest of crime levels in the capital. "The idea that we restrict freedom of speech, the right to assemble, the right to protest because somebody might be offended is a slippery slope", he told BBC radio.

There might have been a considerable lack of disrespectful fanfare when USA president Donald Trump was in Singapore last month, but Londoners, as it would appear, have a particularly in-your-face way of expressing themselves.

A small demonstration is expected to take place near Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire on Thursday, the venue for Trump's black-tie dinner with Prime Minister Theresa May. On Friday, he will travel to the prime minister's country residence, Chequers, for talks with May.

The state visit was never actually scheduled - there has been fierce opposition to it in many quarters of Britain - and this trip is part of a working visit instead, meaning among other things that Mr. Trump will overnight at Winfield House, the USA ambassador's handsome residence near Regents Park, rather than at Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle as a guest of the queen.

According to his itinerary at this point, his only formal event in London - where his unpopularity is high - is a closed press meet and greet at the US embassy on Thursday. Khan refused to block the Trump baby balloon. "But when they make you feel unwelcome, why would I stay there?"

In a statement, the group said it was a "victory that Donald Trump does not appear to have any official engagements in London". "Most of those marching on Friday will love the United States, just as I do".

Grant continued: "We may be a small country, but we're a great one too".

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The National Police Chiefs Council, which is responsible for the deployment of police during large-scale events, said demand is "particularly high" this week as forces work together to provide security and police the protests.

Trump had already cast doubt on May's Brexit plans earlier in the day after a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, where he provoked a crisis session to force allies to raise their defence spending.

Mr Trump will spend the weekend in Scotland where he has two golf courses and plans to play at least once.

"A friend who bullies us is no longer a friend".

Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who resigned this week, leaves the Foreign Office on his way to Downing Street for a Cabinet meeting, in London, on Tuesday.

"She wanted to go a different route".

"We want to put a positive spin on his visit because we think that what comes out of this visit is more important than any kind of protest that can be made", she said.

"If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the United Kingdom, so it will probably kill the deal", Trump said.

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