Trump to avoid mass protests in London by visiting English country homes

Trump critics in London have funded a giant balloon depicting the President as a snarling baby

Trump critics in London have funded a giant balloon depicting the President as a snarling baby

The US president will also meet with Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle in a suburb of London.

"From our perspective, the presidential visit is an important moment to recognise our close and special relationship and to have open and frank discussions on the key issues".

He will only spend a single night in London on Thursday - the day he arrives in the country and attends a gala dinner at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire - staying at the U.S. ambassador's official residence in Regent's Park, Winfield House.

After spending the night at Winfield House in London, hosted by his ambassador Mr Johnson, the president will join the prime minister to watch a United Kingdom military exercise, before the pair travel to Chequers - the PM's country residence in Buckinghamshire - for bilateral talks.

The Trumps will spend Thursday night at the United States ambassador's residence, Winfield House, by Regent's Park in London.

Speaking to journalists, Woody Johnson, US ambassador to London said Trump was not trying to avoid protestors with his mostly out of London itinerary. It is one of the things that bind us together.

Johnson claimed that Trump will be spending a good portion of time in central London since the ambassador's residence will be used as a jumping off point en-route to other destinations, including an audience with the queen at Windsor Castle and a meeting with Theresa May at Chequers Court, the traditional country home for U.K. Prime Ministers.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who has had a number of social media spats with the president, on Thursday gave permission for a blimp portraying Donald Trump as an orange, snarling baby to be flown over parliament.

The divisive American leader, arriving after a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, will be largely away from London during a tour expected to bring at least tens of thousands of people onto British streets.


"They will be discussing that issue - the relationship with Russian Federation - at the meeting at Chequers", Mr. Johnson said, referring to the prime minister's ceremonial country estate in Ellesborough, about 45 miles northwest of London.

"Mr Trump has said some unusual and irregular things, and some things I would certainly not agree with, but he has not, like many world leaders who Her Majesty and the government have met over the years, abused human rights".

"I do find it curious the amount of opprobrium and time that protesters dedicate to the freely elected leader of a free country, that they don't direct towards the visit of somebody like the president of China", she said.

On Friday morning, Trump and May will visit an as-yet unnamed defence site connected to joint UK-US military training.

Tens of thousands of protesters are expected to turn out against Donald Trump when he visits Britain next week but some believe the protests are an embarrassment and that the US president deserves a warm welcome.

"Trade will be on the agenda", May's spokeswoman told a briefing.

After meeting The Queen, the president will travel to Scotland.

Smyth said he hopes that he'll have the chance to thank President Trump.

The president can feel Churchillian at Blenheim Palace, where Winston Churchill was born.

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