Trump dodges London protests for tea with Queen Elizabeth

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan British Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald J. Trump before the start of the North Atlantic Council round table during a NATO summit in Brussels Belgium 11 July 2018. NATO countries heads

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan British Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald J. Trump before the start of the North Atlantic Council round table during a NATO summit in Brussels Belgium 11 July 2018. NATO countries heads

Trump also said that if May's Brexit plans included sticking to European Union rules it could prevent a US-UK trade deal.

Theresa May reminded President Trump of the number of British and USA workers each country's businesses employed at a black tie dinner in Blenheim Palace as she pressed the case for a post-Brexit trade deal.

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.

As Trump is expected to discuss a possible post-Brexit trade deal and other worldwide issues with May, organizers of Friday's demonstrations say there is no shortage of issues that will inspire mass numbers of people to attend. I would actually say that she probably went the opposite way.

"Maybe they're taking a little bit of a different route [on Brexit], so I don't know if that's what they voted for", he told a press conference after the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels. It would see Britain follow European Union rules on goods to protect cross-border trade and avoid checks on the Irish frontier, while enabling it to control migration and sign new non-EU trade deals, including in services. "The people voted to break it up so I imagine that is what they would do, but maybe they're taking a different route".

Mr Trump has described the United Kingdom as a place in "turmoil".

Trump's criticism comes over the prime minister's new Brexit plan, which was unveiled in full on Wednesday.

His visit comes as the government publishes its plans for the UK's relations with the European Union after Brexit.

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".

Mr Trump and his wife Melania arrived at Stansted airport, where he was met by the UK's worldwide trade secretary Liam Fox.


"I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to London", he said.

She pressed Trump about the deal on Thursday at a gala dinner at Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Britain's World War II leader Winston Churchill.

Mr Trump's mother, the late Mary MacLeod Trump, was Scottish. She also plans to shift the focus during the rest of Mr. Trump's visit, hoping to steer him toward talk about trade and the growing threat of Russian Federation.

Addressing the 100-strong group the Prime Minister said there was an "unprecedented" opportunity to do a deal that boosted jobs and growth in both countries.

May will reportedly use the dinner to discuss a trade deal with the US ahead of Brexit, as well as security and the Middle East.

Mr and Mrs Trump will also join the Queen for tea at the Castle.

There is one person in Britain that Mr Trump is a fan of - Her Majesty, the Queen.

Melania and Donald Trump disembark Air Force One at Stansted Airport, north of Londo. Melania Trump, 48, isn't amused by the way the Londoners are going to greet her husband.

From there his meetings with Mrs May will be at her country home, Chequers, which offers a "more informal setting", according to a Downing Street spokesman.

They will then meet the Queen for the first time, at Windsor Castle, before heading to Scotland where the United States president will spend the weekend at his Turnberry golf course in Ayrshire. This part of the visit is being considered private.

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