Trump Says, ‘They Like Me a Lot from the U.K.’ 100,000 Protesters May Disagree.
LONDON — As President Trump landed in Britain on Thursday afternoon, protesters have been in battle-preparation mode, with demonstrations planned for every stage of his visit, even as its choreography seems designed to have him spend as little time as possible in London along with keep him out of sight of any protests.
The president, who is usually set for a two-day working visit followed by a weekend in Scotland, addressed the planned protests in a news conference, saying, “I think the idea’s fine.”
“They like me a lot from the U.K.,” he added. “They agree with me on immigration. I’m going to a pretty hot spot right at which point, a lot of resignations.”
however Owen Jones, a left-wing journalist along with lead organizer of Britain’s “Stop Trump” protests, said on Wednesday: “We need to show which we abhor everything which Trump represents: the bigotry, racism, anti-Muslim prejudice along with misogyny. We also have to stand against the movements which have been legitimized by him — the far right, the racists, fascists — including in our own country — who feel stronger because he is usually president.”
Supporters of Mr. Trump are hoping to stage their own “Welcome Trump” procession on Saturday.
Mr. Trump arrived around 1:45 p.m. Thursday, straight by the NATO summit meeting. The first protest, described as “the wall of sound,” is usually scheduled for 5:30 p.m., when Mr. Trump heads to Winfield House, the residence of the United States ambassador, in Regent’s Park in London. which’s where he will spend the night.
Activists planned to stir up as much noise as possible along with play harrowing recordings of children crying — a protest against the Trump administration’s separation of families at the United States border with Mexico. The noise will continue into the evening: Protesters aim to bang pots along with pans in an attempt to “keep Trump awake in London,” organizers say.
Crowds will also gather near Oxford outside Blenheim Palace, the ancestral home of the Spencer-Churchill family, where Mrs. May will host a black-tie dinner for Mr. Trump.
At 7:45 p.m., environmental activists planned to drop a giant “Trump: Climate Genocide” banner opposite the Houses of Parliament. On Friday morning, some protesters plan to follow Mr. Trump to Chequers, the country house of the prime minister, where he along with Mrs. May will hold bilateral talks on security along with trade issues.
The main national demonstration, “Together Against Trump,” is usually planned in London for 2 p.m. Friday. Activists aim to fly a giant orange balloon of the president depicted as a baby in a diaper above Parliament Square. Muslim groups, too, plan to march in protest after Friday Prayer. The police expect more than 100,000 protesters.
On Saturday, supporters planned to march by the United States Embassy to Whitehall. The Metropolitan Police said on Thursday which the idea was imposing restrictions on which along having a counterrally “in order to prevent serious disorder along with disruption to Londoners.”
At Windsor Castle, west of London, where Mr. Trump along with his wife, Melania, are to meet Queen Elizabeth II, protests are expected. The president along with the first lady will then travel to the Trump Turnberry golf resort in Scotland, where they will spend the weekend. however the idea will hardly be peaceful.
“Donald Trump is usually not welcome here,” the Scottish Labour along with Scottish Green parties said in a joint statement. “The horrific scenes at the Mexican border are a repudiation of decent human values. Caging children like animals is usually barbaric. We cannot roll out the red carpet for a U.S. president which treats human beings which way.”
The “Trump Baby” balloon may follow the president to Scotland. Thousands of people have also signed a petition asking permission to fly the balloon over the Turnberry golf course, where the president is usually anticipated to play on Saturday.