Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

Trump camp denies trip to United Kingdom was planned to avoid protests

Queen Elizabeth II. Image AFP Queen Elizabeth II. Image AFP
Ebony Burgess | 09 July, 2018, 07:00

Prime Minister Theresa May offered Trump a state visit - a pomp-laden affair usually featuring an open-top carriage trip through central London and a banquet at Buckingham Palace - when she became the first foreign leader to visit him after his inauguration in January 2017.

On Friday evening, the Trumps will travel to Scotland, where the President owns two golf properties, Trump Turnberry and Trump Aberdeen.

The visit with one of the United States' oldest and strongest allies will be bookended by two other European summits scheduled in July.

London Mayor London Sadiq Khan has given the go-ahead for a giant "Trump Baby" balloon to be flown close to the UK Parliament during the President's visit.

Smyth expressed doubts that the president would stop by for a pint but said he would "have a pint of stout ready for him in case".

The event will be hosted by Prime Minister Theresa May at Blenheim Palace, a castle and UNESCO World Heritage site built in the early 18th century.

"We need to see that the relationship isn't damaged after these protests", he said.

The couple will then stay at Winfield House, the USA ambassador's residence on the edge of Regent's Park in London.

The president will also attend a black-tie dinner with business leaders and diplomats at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, which is the birthplace of Winston Churchill.

May's office revealed that martial bands of Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards will welcome Trump at his arrival in the Great Court with rousing renditions of the "Liberty Fanfare", "Amazing Grace" and the "National Emblem".

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Jennings said, "It became clear to him that one of the things he could do is set up the next president to remake the judiciary". It's important to maintain that caveat, because President Trump has not made a final decision, and it could change.

Invited guests, including a number of business leaders, will eat dinner to the sounds of the Countess of Wessex's Orchestra, which will play a "series of classic British and American hits", according to Mrs May's deputy spokeswoman.

"The prime minister has always said she wants to strike an ambitious trade deal with the US".

The evening will end with the President, whose mother was Scottish, being "piped out" by the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

The former ambassador told Tom Swarbrick that the visit takes an agenda "designed to appeal to what they think Donald Trump will like".

The Downing Street spokeswoman said: "In every aspect of our relationship, we are seeking to deepen our special relationship and defence is one of those, and security".

Instead, Trump is calling the visit a "working visit".

The talks at Chequers, which officials said would include relations with Russian Federation and bilateral trade, will be followed by a press conference in the same place.

As People reports, Johnson talked up the president and First Lady's upcoming visit to the United Kingdom, which will include a visit with the Monarch, who serves as the nation's ceremonial head of state. Also part of this worldwide trip is the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, a weekend in Scotland and a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump's statement further irritated London, as many people and government officials asked May to withdraw her invitation to Trump to pay a state visit. After meeting the queen, they will travel to Scotland where they will spend the weekend.

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