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London awaits Trump's visit, braces for protests

12 July 2018

Despite the demonstrations, Mr Smyth said there would be plenty of food, music and fun at the Trump Arms during the President's United Kingdom visit, "and hopefully no grief".

The bulk of the activity will take place in London, where people plan to gather first in Regent's Park outside of the US ambassador's house on Thursday and again across central London for a series of protests throughout the day on Friday. "With a lot of resignations", Trump told a news conference at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels. More than 50,000 signed up to protest on Friday alone, per Reuters.

Trump had been reacting to recent fractions within the Cabinet over Brexit.

"The people voted to break it up (Britain's ties with the EU)", Trump said. "But maybe they're taking a little bit of a different route, so I don't know if that's what they voted for", said Trump.

Trump's victory in the 2016 presidential election shocked British diplomats in Washington and relations between May, a vicar's daughter, and Trump have been strained at times.

Just hours after May's foreign minister, Boris Johnson, resigned and complained that the Brexit dream was being suffocated, Trump said he might speak to him during the trip.

Later, Trump will take tea with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle, a home to the royals for 1,000 years, part of a tour created to keep him away from protesters.

But as President Trump arrives in Britain on Thursday, he will find plenty of people who think it is more important to oppose him than it is to nurture USA -U.K. ties.

"'Darkest Hour' would appeal to Trump because it combines courageous self-direction, standing up to the old order, with an nearly mystic sense of speaking for the people", Gingrich said in an email.

"You know I've been reading a lot on Brexit over the last couple of days and its seems to be turning a little bit differently where they're getting at least partially involved back with the European Union", he said.

"I am very strong with immigration, is a very important thing".

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.

President Trump will head to London on Friday, where he's expected to face protests at every turn.

Americans in London have been warned to "keep a low profile" during the trip, while a crowd-funded "Trump Baby" blimp has been cleared for take-off on Friday morning outside Parliament House.

For Trump, there has been no such tension with Churchill, who is revered by American conservatives for his stalwart leadership of Great Britain during World War II and his role in defeating the Nazis.