President Donald Trump has touched down on British soil for the beginning of his divisive four-day go to that has sparked outrage in Parliament and mass protests across the nation.
The President and First Woman waved and smiled at cameras from the steps of Air Power One as they disembarked at Stansted Airport on Thursday night.
Mr Trump appeared cheerful and calm as he descended onto the tarmac after flying in from Brussels recent from a fierce row with American allies at a Nato summit.
This UK journey – his first official one since turning into president – has been dogged with plans for tens of 1000’s of protesters to march by way of central London in condemnation of his controversial management.
Politicians, together with Labour chief Jeremy Corbyn, have repeatedly known as for the invitation to be retracted – significantly in gentle of latest tales about baby migrants being separated from their households within the US.
And the truth that the go to, which was organized on the request of the Prime Minister, is anticipated to depart taxpayers with a police and safety invoice of as much as £10 million has carried out nothing to quell public anger.
Theresa Might will host Mr Trump, and his spouse Melania, at a lavish dinner at Blenheim Palace earlier than the they spend the evening on the US ambassador’s official residence in Regent’s Park.
Mr Trump will then be a part of Mrs Might at a army base on Friday to look at a joint counter-terrorism train involving UK and US particular forces.
The 2 leaders will maintain talks on the Prime Minister’s nation residence of Chequers the place Russia, Brexit and the Center East will high the agenda.
Mr Trump will then journey to Windsor Fort to satisfy the Queen earlier than heading to Scotland, the place he’ll spend time on his golf course, forward of travelling to Helsinki for a summit with Russian president Vladimir Putin.
He’s anticipated to keep away from areas in central London the place the principle a part of the demonstrations will likely be and the place an inflatable child blimp of himself will likely be flying over Parliament.
Mr Trump raised eyebrows when he went out of his strategy to reward Boris Johnson after resigning as international secretary, whereas insisting it was as much as the British folks whether or not Mrs Might remained in workplace or not.
Forward of Mr Trump’s go to, the PM stated: “Our commerce and funding relationship is unrivalled, we’re the biggest buyers in one another’s economies and day by day one million British folks go to work for US corporations within the UK and one million Individuals go to work for UK corporations within the US.
“This week we have now a chance to deepen this distinctive buying and selling relationship and start discussions about how we’ll forge a strengthened, bold and future-proof commerce partnership.
“As two nations, we’re safer, extra affluent and extra inventive after we work collectively and I’m trying ahead to this week’s vital discussions.”
The US president used the Nato summit to launch fierce assault on Germany, saying it was “completely managed” by Russia, as he ratcheted up calls for for Nato allies to pay extra for his or her collective defence.