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Adrian Cunningham | 13 July, 2018, 13:58

Mrs May will be looking to improve her often publicly strained relationship with the U.S. president as she pushes for a post-Brexit trade deal with America.

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.

He added: "I've been reading a lot about Brexit over the last couple of days, and it seems to be turning a little bit differently, where they're getting at least partially involved back with the European Union", Mr Trump said.

As for Johnson, Trump said: "I think he would be a great prime minister".

But influential Conservative backbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg, who opposes Mrs May's plan for post-Brexit trade with the European Union, said many Conservative MPs shared his view. "I am just saying I think he would be a great Prime Minister".

In an interview with Britain's Sun newspaper published late on Thursday, Trump said May's plans for a business-friendly Brexit would leave it too close to the European Union to allow a new trans-Atlantic trade deal to be struck.

Johnson added that the President "appreciates free speech" and that he was "very focused on the special relationship" between the USA and the UK.

May had aimed to leverage the prize of a future trade deal with the United States in an effort gain support for her post-Brexit plans.

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".

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President Trump is also scheduled to meet with May Friday for a British military parade, before visiting her country house for bilateral talks.

The Trumps were greeted in the courtyard of Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire by UK Prime Minister Theresa May and husband Philip for the dinner in the President's honour. And more than 50,000 people have signed up to demonstrate in London on July 13, Reuters reported.

Protesters against the visit of US President Donald Trump gather with placards at a barrier set up to block access to the US ambassador's residence Winfield House in Regents Park in London.

During his news conference on Thursday, the USA president also appeared to refer to Ireland as part of the United Kingdom.

Trump told The Sun newspaper on Thursday - in an interview that was published as he was being feted by May at an opulent dinner at a country palace - that he felt unwelcome in London because of protests, including plans to fly a giant balloon over Parliament on Friday that depicts him as an angry baby in a diaper. "I am just saying I think he would be a great prime minister".

John Rees of the Stop the War group said in reference to Trump: "He's a wrecking ball for race relations, he's a wrecking ball for prosperity, he's a wrecking ball for women's rights, he's a wrecking ball for any peace and justice in this world and we have to stop him".

"They were probably anxious", he added, saying he was "very firm".

While the many thousands are expected to line the streets and protest against Trump, politicians have become involved too.

Arriving in the country just hours ago, the President's visit to the United Kingdom hasn't come with a lot of support from residents who have planned protests throughout his trip, already gathering outside the U.S. ambassador's residence in London where the couple are staying for the night.