US President to meet Theresa May to discuss post-Brexit ties

"If a balloon flying over London makes people laugh, I think that's absolutely worth it", she says.

Well, at least Melania Trump is spending her time in London - and maybe Donald Trump could take some learning from that.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip May greet Trump and First Lady Melania at Blenheim Palace.

"We need to show the world what millions of people in this country think of the bigotry and the hatred that he represents", protest organizer Owen Jones said.

As thousands of people prepare to protest on the streets of London on Friday and as an inflatable blimp depicting him as a baby in a nappy is prepared to be flown above central London, Trump also claimed that he is in fact very popular in the country.

Mr Trump arrived just under an hour later than planned after he insisted Britons "like me a lot" and "agree with me on immigration" in an impromptu press conference before leaving Brussels.

Earlier this week Mr Trump said it was "up to the people" whether the prime minister stayed on after two cabinet ministers resigned over her Brexit policy. "I think that's why they voted for Brexit".

After spending the night at the USA ambassador's official residence in Regent's Park, London, the United States president will join the Theresa May at a military base on Friday to view a joint counter-terrorism exercise involving UK and U.S. special forces.

He said he got along with Theresa May "very well", but suggested he might make time during his United Kingdom visit to speak with his friend Boris Johnson, who has just rocked her Government by resigning as foreign secretary.

More are planned for the second day of Mr Trump's visit. Reports have indicated that his visit will be met with protests, prompting a warning from the U.S. Embassy in London, which advised Americans in the country to "keep a low profile" in case the demonstrations turn violent.

May will host a black-tie dinner for Trump there, attended by senior ministers and about 100 business leaders, including from Blackstone group, Blackrock, Diageo, McLaren and Arup. She also said that it's an opportunity to strengthen cooperation on security. There, he'll meet with Prime Minister Theresa May and later, Queen Elizabeth II.

May was the first head of government to officially meet Trump as president, in January 2017.

Asked about the President's view on US-UK relations, he said: "He has worked here for so many years, he knows so many people".

Blimp organizer Leo Murray said it had been created to speak to Trump "in a language that he understands, which is personal insults".

On Friday, May and Trump will hold talks on Brexit, relations with Russian Federation, and trade ties at the prime minister's Chequers country residence, followed by a press conference.

Later, Trump will take tea with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle, a home to the royals for 1,000 years, part of a tour created to keep him away from protesters.

  • Rosalie Stanley