Trump touches down in United Kingdom on first official visit as president

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump departed Tuesday for a weeklong trip to Europe on a four-nation tour with stops in Belgium England Scotland and Finland

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump departed Tuesday for a weeklong trip to Europe on a four-nation tour with stops in Belgium England Scotland and Finland

Later in the day, the President will head to Windsor Castle, where he will have a tea with the Queen. But trip planners may go out of their way to shield Mr. Trump from viewing another aspect of the greeting: an oversized balloon depicting the president as an angry baby in a diaper that will be flown from Parliament Square during what are expected to be massive gatherings of protesters opposed to the US leader's presence.

Trump flew in after a fraught North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels where he piled pressure on allies to double their defence spending.

Trump had been reacting to recent fractions within the Cabinet over Brexit.

Rarely has a foreign leader been so mocked on an official visit - London's mayor, Sadiq Khan, a Muslim who has challenged Trump's worldview OK'd the balloon, which is an apt symbol of Trump's tempestuous relationship with Britain, traditionally the United States' closest ally.

"But from the public, the welcome will be far from warm", he added, saying there would be protests across the country against Trump's "abysmal record on human rights, his repugnant attitude towards women and his disgusting treatment of minorities".

But Trump is unlikely to see many of those who have mobilized to protest against his visit.

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

He said: 'I am looking forward to greeting Mr Trump on behalf of the UK Government when he arrives in Scotland on Friday.

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They are planning a show of strength in the Commons next week in votes on the Prime Minister's flagship Trade Bill. Reports suggested the Prime Minister would face a vote of no confidence in her leadership.

"This week we have an opportunity to deepen this unique trading relationship and begin discussions about how we will forge a strengthened, ambitious and future-proof trade partnership".

But Drew, an American student who lives here in the United Kingdom, won't be among the demonstrators.

"You know I've been reading a lot on Brexit over the last couple of days and its seems to be turning a little bit differently where they're getting at least partially involved back with the European Union", he said.

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

He will spend just one night in the capital before going to Prime Minister Theresa May's country retreat Chequers in Buckinghamshire.

The two leaders are also expected to discuss Russia, Brexit and Middle East.

He is also expected to visit Scotland - where he owns two golf courses - before heading back to the US.

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