London awaits Trump's visit, braces for protests

Donald Trump UK visit

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.

In a statement ahead of Trump's arrival, she said the visit would focus on trade and strengthening defense and security ties, saying there was no stronger alliance than Britain's "special relationship with the U.S".

"I would have done it much differently".

"Mr President, Sir Winston Churchill once said that "to have the United States at our side was, to me, the greatest joy", May told Trump, according to a text of her speech provided by her office.

Trump also refrained from openly endorsing U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May's leadership but praised the former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, who resigned Monday in protest at the Brexit deal May presented to the cabinet over the weekend for being "weak".

Ignoring all diplomatic niceties, the convention-shredding U.S. president set up the four-day visit with a rebuke of May as she battles to stop her government falling apart over Brexit.

Lead guitarist Geoff Sprinks said: "We will not be anywhere near where he's going to be, it would be lovely to have played at one of the protests".

"Where are your manners, Mr President?" asked Sam Gyimah, a junior minister in May's government.

"But when they make you feel unwelcome, why would I stay there?", he told The Sun.

In an incendiary interview, warned that her Brexit plan would "kill the deal" between the USA and Britain on trade.

Trump has clashed in the past with May - even though she is a conservative who shares his view that defense spending should be raised - and with her predecessor, David Cameron, who challenged Trump's anti-Muslim campaign stance as "divisive, stupid and wrong".

Speaking at conclusion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, Mr Trump gave his views on Britain's withdrawal from the European Union, suggesting it may deliver a softer Brexit against the wishes of the majority of the voting public. "Deals that take too long are never good ones", he added.

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"It is a vision that respects the result of the referendum (vote to leave), and delivers a principled and practical Brexit", Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab said in the foreword.

We have more foreign investment in the United Kingdom going into the U.S. than all of Germany and France put together, a considerable multiple of the amount put in by the Chinese.

But for many British diplomats, Brexit marks the collapse of a 70-year strategy of trying to balance European integration with a USA alliance based on blood, trade and intelligence sharing.

Mr. Trump will spend one night in British capital.

"I would actually say that she probably went the opposite way".

Hundreds of thousands of protesters are expected to demonstrate against his visit in London.

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On Mr Khan, the president said: "I think allowing millions and millions of people to come into Europe is very, very sad".

"But instead the Tories are rewarding President Trump with a red carpet welcome".

Mrs May and her husband Philip, joined by around 150 guests, waited outside Blenheim Palace in the sunshine for the president and first lady.

And in April, the first lady again appeared reluctant to hold her husband's hand - despite his best efforts - as they welcomed French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte, to the White House for the Trump administration's first state visit.

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