Trump greeted with protests during first United Kingdom visit

U.S. President Donald Trump and First lady Melania Trump board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House

Donald Trump has been treated to a lavish welcome dinner on the first day of his visit to the United Kingdom as hundreds of people joined protests against his arrival.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump leave Winfield House, residence of the U.S. Ambassador, before boarding Marine One helicopter for the flight to nearby Blenheim Palace, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in London.

Various protests are planned to coincide with the president's visit to Scotland, including a national demonstration and "carnival of resistance" in Edinburgh. "I like Boris Johnson, I've always liked him", said Mr Trump. "Britain is going to have to look right around the world for allies with which to do trade deals".

"The people voted to break it up, so I imagine that is what they would do, but maybe they [May's plans] are taking a different route".

Donald Trump has been under fire for his own immigration policy, which resulted in the separation of immigrant families.

Trump has always been a Brexit supporter and has expressed enthusiasm for a wide-ranging trade deal with Britain after Brexit, something heralded by eurosceptics as being one of the great benefits of exiting the bloc.

Fresh from a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit where Trump chided Germany and other European nations for failing to contribute enough to defence spending, British Prime Minister Theresa May is hoping his trip will boost the close ties between their two nations and help forge a future free trade deal.

Leonard has previously suggested Nicola Sturgeon should "make clear she will not meet with Donald Trump".

USA allies played down Trump's suggestion he was responsible for increased defense spending.

On Thursday night, hundreds of demonstrators chanted outside the USA ambassador's residence where Trump was staying on the outskirts of London, providing a preview of the forceful protests expected on Friday. The U.S. president is expected to attend a formal dinner at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire with the business leaders, along with the senior members of the cabinet.

But the red carpet treatment is likely to be overshadowed by massive protests planned by Britons opposed to Trump's presence.

Mr Trump was also dismissive of the protests and said he is "very popular" in Britain.

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"We are committed to dialogue, including of course with those we strongly disagree with, and in government, we would find a way to work with his administration while also standing up for our values", he said, according to BBC News.

Russia, Brexit and the Middle East are set to top the agenda.

The UK was "getting at least partially involved back with the European Union", he added.

Protesters gather at the gates of Blenheim Palace ahead of Trump's arrival.

Only one person, the digital entrepreneur and philanthropist Baroness Martha Lane-Fox, has publicly refused the invitation.

May hopes Trump, who arrived at Stansted airport from Brussels, will help accelerate a future free trade deal, though his public comments on Brexit have cast a shadow over the visit.

On Friday, Mrs May and Mr Trump will go to watch a joint counter-terrorism exercise by British and U.S. special forces at a military base.

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 which will focus on Russian Federation, trade, Brexit and Middle East. This part of the visit is being considered private.

Leo Murray, an environmental campaigner, leading the protest, told the Guardian, "People in Scotland are past masters when it comes to protesting against Trump".

The trio will be having tea at Windsor Castle, a meeting that Buckingham Palace described in a press release as a "working visit".

The Police Commissioner for Lincolnshire later tweeted that "sadly" there were reports officers who put photographs of the "sorry conditions" on social media were being "sought out".

A giant 20-foot balloon depicting an orange and angry baby Trump in a nappy will rise above Parliament Square Gardens tomorrow after London Mayor Sadiq Khan led Greater London Authority gave permission for it to fly.

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