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

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"If a balloon flying over London makes people laugh, I think that's absolutely worth it", she says.

Shrugging off the plans for mass protests, which on Friday will include a giant baby-shaped blimp bearing Trump's features, he said in Brussels: "They like me a lot in the UK".

"I'm certainly going to Turnberry and I'll see him there". 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.

President Trump said the British people "voted to break it up, so I imagine that " s what they " ll do" and "Brexit is Brexit".

Tens of thousands of people are expected to march through London in protest against Mr Trump's visit and some of his actions during his first 18 months in power.

That turmoil includes the resignations of May's Brexit and foreign ministers over her plan to retain close ties with the European Union after leaving the bloc in March.

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

Ambassador Johnson sought to play down Trump's comments.

The trip comes amid scheduled protests throughout central London where demonstrators plan to fly a huge balloon depicting Trump as a baby.

May will host a black-tie dinner for Trump at the stately home that will be attended by senior ministers and about 100 business leaders, including the likes of Blackstone group, Blackrock, Diageo, McLaren and Arup.

While Mr Johnson may now be a backbencher, Mr Trump said he hoped he would still see the former foreign minister - another blow to the fragile position of Mrs May.

Cheddar Gorgeous has helped organise the drag protest against Trump on Friday.

"It's an opportunity to reach a free trade agreement that creates jobs and growth here in the UK and right across the United States".

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. "We have North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, then we have the United Kingdom, and then we have [Russian President Vladimir] Putin", Trump said, referencing his week-long stay in Europe.

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Trump has also slapped tariffs on European aluminum and steel.

Only one person, the digital entrepreneur and philanthropist Baroness Martha Lane-Fox, has publicly refused the invitation.

Air Force One lands at Stansted Airport.

Trump added that the a "pretty hot spot", given the recent upheaval in the government there.

The leaders will then hold talks at the PM's residence of Chequers.

With Mr Trump set to travel to Scotland on Friday evening after meeting the Queen at Windsor Castle, a protest is planned for Glasgow's George Square. This part of the visit is being considered private.

He is due to stay overnight at the ambassador's Winfield House residence in London's Regent's Park, where demonstrators plan to play recordings of migrant children held in USA detention centers.

May has had to defend Trump's visit in the face of fiery criticism from opposition lawmakers.

The Police Commissioner for Lincolnshire later tweeted that "sadly" there were reports officers who put photographs of the "sorry conditions" on social media were being "sought out".

A YouGov poll on Wednesday showed 77 percent had an unfavourable opinion of the president and just 50 per cent thought his visit should go ahead.

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