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London awaits Trump's visit, braces for protests

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Cassandra Gardner | 12 July, 2018, 20:25

President Trump will arrive at a London airport on one of his two specially modified Boeing 747-200s.

Mr Trump arrived just under an hour later than planned after he insisted Britons "like me a lot" and "agree with me on immigration" in an impromptu press conference before leaving Brussels.

He went on to say: "There might be protests, but I believe that the people in the UK, Scotland, Ireland, I think those people, they like me a lot".

"I'd like to see them be able to work it out so it could go quickly".

"Give us your tired and your oppressed and we'll divide you from your children", he said of Trump's policies. Tens of thousands are expected to flood the streets in protest.

The poll conducted this week said 63 percent found Trump racist, and 74 percent said he was sexist.

The reason: demonstrations are planned against President Donald Trump, in London, as well as Windsor, Bristol, Newcastle, Leeds, Cambridge, Cardiff, Glasgow and the west coast of Scotland, where Trump has a golf course.

We look at the make-up of the presidential entourage.

Prime Minister May has abundant reasons to seek a close relationship with Mr. Trump - not least, the United States will be an even more vital trade partner once Britain leaves the European Union next year - but it is an uneasy embrace, given her opposition to many of his key policies.

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"There is no stronger alliance than that of our special relationship with the U.S. and there will be no alliance more important in the years ahead", the British leader said.

But Brexit champion Nigel Farage predicted there would be a "real clash" on Brexit.

"I think they like me in the UK".

"I have North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, I have the United Kingdom, which is in somewhat turmoil, and I have (Vladimir Putin)", Trump said as he set off on his trip to Europe which includes a meeting with the Russian President in the Finnish capital Helsinki.

While Britain regards the United States as its closest ally, Trump's comments on militant attacks in Britain and his retweeting of anti-Muslim videos posted by a leader of a far-right UK group have sparked anger.

Amid mass protests against the president's visit, Donald Trump's itinerary features a relatively short stay in London, with a lavish black-tie dinner to be held for him at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire on Thursday night.

The two leaders will hold talks the following day at Chequers, the 16th-century manor house which is the prime minister's official country residence which will focus on Russian Federation, trade, Brexit and Middle East.

On Friday evening, Trump and the First Lady whisk up to Scotland for a weekend of golf and relaxation - and more protests outside his resort. Melania Trump has heard about the plans and isn't excited about her husband's presidency being see as a 'joke'.

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