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Trump arrives in London on his maiden visit to UK amid protests

Press Trust of India  |  London 

US arrived in today on his maiden visit to the UK during which he will hold bilateral talks with British over closer post-ties, amid mass protests planned around Britain against his controversial policies.

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

Trump and US First Lady touched down in their at in the east of England from the NATO summit in

Trump's visit to the UK, the 12th US to make such a tour, comes amid what he described as "turmoil" for the UK government, as May faces down rebellion from within her own party over her strategy.

Earlier this week, Trump said it was "up to the people" whether the stayed on after two senior Cabinet ministers resigned within hours over her policy. The visit is seen as crucial at setting the course for a closer trading relationship between the two countries.

Along with trade and security links, Downing Street has said the other key areas to be discussed between the two leaders will include Brexit and the

A brief visit to the newly-relocated at Nine Elms in south-west is also believed to be on the cards. Trump had infamously dubbed the new site as a "lousy location" when he decided to cancel a planned visit for its official opening earlier this year.

While the visit has not been accorded the formal State Visit grandeur, May will seek to make up for it with a gala black-tie dinner hosted by her for around 100 guests in the spectacular setting of in Oxfordshire.

The Trumps, as the guests of honour, will interact with leaders of UK business sectors such as financial services, travel, creative industries, and drink, engineering, tech, infrastructure, and defence.

Downing Street has said that the dinner, at the birthplace and ancestral home of Britain's Winston Churchill, is intended to "celebrate the strong business links between our two countries" at a time when the UK is hoping to strike a free trade deal with the US following Brexit.

Following the gala event at the 18th century country house, Trump and his wife will come to central to spend a night at US Woody Johnson's official London residence, Winfield House, in Regent's Park.

An all-night noise protest "Keep Trump Awake in London" is due to take place outside Winfield House from 8 p.m. local time tonight, with the intention of causing a sleepless night for Trump. Protesters have been encouraged to bring pots, drums and vuvuzelas.

But besides that, the US is set to avoid much of the mass protests as most of his official engagements have been planned outside London. His wife, who will spend Friday with the prime minister's husband, Philip May, is likely to experience some of it when she visits a school in the city.

Tomorrow, May and Trump will visit an to view a demonstration of UK military capabilities, as a showcase of integrated UK-US military training. They will then move on to Chequers, the prime minister's country retreat in Buckinghamshire, for a working lunch and "bilateral talks on a range of international issues".

Trump will then join wife Melania as they head to for their audience with the before flying out to Scotland, where they are expected to visit both Trump Turnberry and Golf Links

After a weekend break in Scotland, they are expected to move on to for Trump's much-hyped summit with Russian President in on July 16.

The has warned the visit will put "unquestionable pressure" on police forces as tens of thousands of people are expected to protest against Trump in London today and tomorrow, and in on Saturday.

A rally, to be attended by thousands, takes place outside Downing Street this evening. The largest protest is planned on Friday afternoon, when over 50,000 protesters are expected to march from the building in Portland Place to in the heart of London.

The Together Against Trump procession will be joined by a splinter protest called Trumpets Against Trump, which aims to provide a wake-up call against the normalisation of fascism. Participants are encouraged to "find, borrow or steal" a trumpet, with lack of musical skill not considered an impediment.

Police forces from across the country have been asked to send officers to assist the Smaller demonstrations are also expected to be held around the UK, including cities like Devon, Dundee, Edinburgh, Belfast, Norwich, Manchester, and

A giant 20-foot balloon depicting an orange and angry baby Trump in a nappy will rise above Parliament Square Gardens for two hours on Friday morning after led gave permission for it to fly. The move came after more than 10,000 people signed a petition calling for the permission, which now rests with Air Traffic Controllers on the day.

The in London has warned Americans in the UK to "keep a low profile" during Trump's visit.

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First Published: Thu, July 12 2018. 18:55 IST
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