Monday, 16 July, 2018

Theresa May hopes Donald Trump visit will boost US-UK links

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk to Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base as they travel on a week-long trip to Europe with stops in Brussels London Scotland and Helsinki London U.S. Embassy Warns Americans to Keep Low Profile Due to ‘Violent’ Anti Trump Protests BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI AFP Getty 11 Jul 2018
Deanna Wagner | 12 July, 2018, 17:59

Protests are expected against Trump, whose policies - including a travel ban on a number of predominantly Muslim countries, the detention of child migrants on the US-Mexico border and the imposition of tariffs on European Union steel and aluminium exports - have all been criticised by the UK.

But there are still plenty of detractors, as loudly demonstrated by a passenger in vehicle driving past the USA flag-adorned pub who shouted "F*** Trump", to which Mr Smyth chuckled.

Theresa May will be seeking to improve her often publicly strained relationship with Donald Trump as she pushes for a post-Brexit trade deal with America during his visit to Britain. "I'm very strong on immigration".

It is not simply the protesters, who are expected to dog Trump throughout his visit, including his weekend in Scotland, but his fraught relationship with political leaders accustomed to harmonious exchanges with US leaders, a tradition of unity that goes back at least to the vital World War II partnership of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill. And with a giant "Trump Baby" balloon set to fly in the air over multiple demonstrations, USA officials urged Americans to "keep a low profile" in the English capital.

But protests against Mr Trump have already started, with about a dozen activists from Stand Up to Racism Scotland staging a brief demo outside the Turnberry course on Wednesday.

"The people voted to break it up, so I imagine that's what they'll do".

Most of the protests will take place that day in central London, the USA officials said, with some occurring the days before and after.

Despite the demonstrations, Mr Smyth said there would be plenty of food, music and fun at the Trump Arms during the President's United Kingdom visit, "and hopefully no grief".

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"And me mate said "If you call it the Trump Arms I'll organise the party".

In a joint statement, Mr Leonard and Mr Harvie said: "For Donald Trump to travel to Scotland with public assistance and ease when his travel ban has caused outrage and despair around the world would simply not be acceptable".

On Thursday, Trump will travel to Blenheim Palace, the 18th-century stately home where Britain's World War Two leader Winston Churchill was born and spent most of his childhood.

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.

Along with trade and security links, Downing Street said key areas to be discussed between the two leaders included Russia, Brexit and the Middle East.

Later, Trump will go to Windsor Castle for tea with the 92-year-old queen.

May welcomed the summit and said it could help address "malign activity" by Russian Federation.