London awaits Trump's visit, braces for protests

Keep low profile’ – US Embassy warns citizens ahead of Trump UK visit protests

Jay Shaw Baker Global Look Press

U.S. President Donald Trump checks time prior to a dinner at the Art and History Museum at the Parc du Cinquantenaire during the NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium July 11, 2018.

Trump's four-day trip to the United Kingdom will see him meeting Prime Minister Theresa May, who herself is having a torrid time in her own government over the impending Brexit; have tea with Queen Elizabeth II and also spend a private weekend in Scotland.

A giant inflatable "Trump baby" will be taken to Scotland to coincide with the United States president's visit over the weekend.

On the planned protests, the ambassador said that Trump appreciated free speech and dismissed as "irrelevant" a giant balloon of Trump depicted as a crying baby in nappies which will fly next to the British parliament on Friday.

U.S. Ambassador to Britain, Woody Johnson, rejected claims that the president might be trying to "avoid" protests, which had been planned months ago, when the president's plans to visit Britain were first announced.

Trump will depart the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels on Thursday afternoon local time and head to London for a greeting ceremony.

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The Met will be responsible for the protection and security of the divisive U.S. president and will also try to ensure lawful protests can be staged.

Awaiting him on the tarmac on Thursday afternoon were three Osprey helicopters belonging to the US Marines, which are used to transport the President's staff and security detail on overseas trips.

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In April, Trump criticized the new location of the US Embassy in London after it moved from its long-standing Grosvenor Square site in central London to its new home south of the city.

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Tens of thousands of demonstrators are expected to march against president's visit in the capital. We are doing just fine!'

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He is only expected to spend one night in London at Winfield House, the US ambassador's official residence in Regent's Park, on Thursday, when he arrives in the city.

"We need to show the world what millions of people in this country think of the bigotry and the hatred that he represents", Owen Jones, a Guardian columnist who helped organize the anti-Trump demonstrations, told TIME on Monday.

"From the public, the welcome will be far from warm", he told lawmakers on Wednesday, noting there would be protests across the country against Trump's "abysmal record on human rights, his repugnant attitude toward women and his disgusting treatment of minorities".

He will then travel to Helsinki for a summit with Russian president Vladimir Putin.

President Donald Trump will get the red-carpet treatment on his brief visit to Britain beginning today: military bands at a gala dinner, lunch with the prime minister at her country residence and tea with the queen at Windsor Castle before flying off to one of his golf clubs in Scotland.

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