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Trump visit to United Kingdom begins on awkward note

13 July 2018

US President Donald Trump arrives at Stansted on Thursday afternoon flanked by First Lady Melania for the first day of his United Kingdom tour.

A giant inflatable "Trump baby" will not be allowed to fly over the U.S. president's Turnberry golf course when he visits over the weekend, Police Scotland have said. Mr Trump is hardly likely to catch a glimpse of the six metre giant orange inflatable blimp that depicts him as a screaming baby.

Although he will visit the U.S. ambassador's residence, he is largely avoiding central London, where the largest protests are expected Friday.

Organizers of anti-Trump rallies say they are not expecting any trouble at all - and that it would be very unlikely for any hostility to be directed at ordinary Americans.

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.

Rarely has a foreign leader been so mocked on an official visit - London's mayor, a Muslim who has challenged Mr. Trump's world view - okayed the balloon, which is an apt symbol of Mr. Trump's tempestuous relationship with Britain, traditionally the United States' closest ally. The couple will attend a gala dinner at Blenheim Palace out in the countryside on Thursday evening.

Trump is doing his best to avoid the mass protests planned for his controversial trip, which will include talks with May, tea with Queen Elizabeth II and a private weekend in Scotland.

In other news from this morning's press conference, Trump stunted expectations when he refused to comment on the UK's current Brexit turmoil.

Most of the protests will take place that day in central London, the USA officials said, with some occurring the days before and after.

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It was during that trip to Washington that she invited him to the UK.

The U.S. Embassy has even warned American citizens to keep a low profile during the visit because of the planned protests - the sort of warning usually issued in more volatile locations.

Trumps presidency has recently been marred by the child immigration policy, which saw thousands of undocumented families pulled apart.

Queen Elizabeth II has outlasted 13 United States presidents during her reign.

"UK and U.S. special forces will be involved in a demonstration which will involve a counter-terrorism scenario and an outdoor capabilities demonstration showing equipment that the [British] special forces use when they conduct joint operations with their USA counterparts", a statement from Downing Street read.

The Trump Baby Blimp is inflated during a practice test, at Bingfield Park in north London.

Over a lunch of Dover sole, lamb and lemon meringue pie, the leaders will discuss Russian Federation, trade, Brexit and the Middle East.

While it is not unusual for heads of state to visit Windsor Castle or meet the UK Prime Minister in her country home, it is quite unusual for an American president not to spend any time in London.

Trump visit to United Kingdom begins on awkward note