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Protesters Vow to Bring London to a Standstill During Trump\s Visit - The New York Times
Trump toasts to alliance with U.K., insults London mayor as visit to Britain begins
Mixing pageantry and pugilism, U.S. President Donald Trump  plunged into his long-delayed state visit to Britain on Monday, welcomed with smiles and a cannon salute by the royals but launching political insults at others in a time of turmoil for both nations in the deep, if recently strained, alliance.

It was a whirlwind of pomp, circumstance and protest for Trump, who had lunch with Queen Elizabeth and tea with Prince Charles before a grand state dinner at Buckingham Palace.

Only during the presidents speech at the state banquet did any conflict arise with his host. It was perhaps unavoidable, given how his political style is so different from the Queens belief in everyone working together. Her carefully calibrated speech included three sentences that clearly responded to the President’s “America first” policy of retreating from the international community: “The anniversary of D-Day reminds us of all that our countries have achieved together. After the shared sacrifices of the Second World War, Britain and the United States worked with other allies to build an assembly of international institutions, to ensure that the horrors of conflict would never be repeated. While the world has changed, we are forever mindful of the original purpose of these structures: nations working together to safeguard a hard-won peace.”

The queen used her toast to emphasize the importance of international institutions created by Britain, the United States and other allies after World War II, a subtle rebuttal to Trump, a critic of NATO and the U.N.

One is a politician: Nancy Pelosi, the powerful Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives. She is a tough politician who has the measure of the president. She is operating off a playbook specifically designed for Trump as she hits him where it hurts most, targeting his ego, his courage, his manliness and his sensitivity over his fortune, Stephen Collinson noted on CNN. He reacts with almost a visceral outrage, indicating how much shes gotten under his skin. Yet Pelosi is in his comfortable bailiwick, that of hardscrabble politics, where his streetfighter inclinations are often on display. (Those combative skills were in full bloom in his Twitter attack on London Mayor Sadiq Khan, and they will be seen again on June 4, the more political day of this state visit to Britain.)

But most of the talk and the colorful images were just what the White House wanted to showcase Trump as a statesman while, back home, the race to succeed him — and talk of impeaching him — heated up. Yet Trump, forever a counter-puncher, immediately roiled diplomatic docility by tearing into London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Donald Trump, who read his speech carefully and didn’t seem to deviate from his script, responded with equally oblique but clearly intentional language. He talked of how Britains fight during the Second World War “ensured your destiny would always remain in your own hands,” a not-so-subtle plug for Brexit, which he openly supports. And, at the end, he made more subtle pro-Brexit, anti-European Union references when he talked of the “common values that will unite us including freedom, sovereignty and self-determination.

Later this week come D-Day commemoration ceremonies on both sides of the English Channel and his first presidential visit to Ireland, which will include a stay at his coastal golf club. For most presidents, it would be a time to revel in the grandeur, building relations with heads of state and collecting photo-ops for campaign ads and presidential libraries.

He has enormous reverence for the monarchy and the Queen,” royal biographer Sally Bedell Smith explained on CNN. “The Queen is a thorough professional. She has known 12 of 13 presidents. She knows how to handle any situation.” (Reportedly after former prime minister Margaret Thatcher and the Queen wore similarly coloured outfits to an event, she had her staff call the palace to create a process to avoid such clashes. The Queen never notices what others are wearing, was the legendary public response.)

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With the trip already at risk of being overshadowed by Britains Brexit turmoil, Trump unleashed a Twitter tirade after a newspaper column in which Londons mayor said he did not deserve red-carpet treatment and was one of the most egregious examples of a growing global threat to liberal democracy from the far right.

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″@SadiqKhan, who by all accounts has done a terrible job as Mayor of London, has been foolishly nasty to the visiting President of the United States, by far the most important ally of the United Kingdom, Trump wrote just before landing. He is a stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London, not me.

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[email protected], who by all accounts has done a terrible job as Mayor of London, has been foolishly nasty to the visiting President of the United States, by far the most important ally of the United Kingdom. He is a stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London, not me……

….Kahn reminds me very much of our very dumb and incompetent Mayor of NYC, de Blasio, who has also done a terrible job – only half his height. In any event, I look forward to being a great friend to the United Kingdom, and am looking very much forward to my visit. Landing now!

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During the palace welcome ceremony, Trump and Prince Charles inspected the Guard of Honor formed by the Grenadier Guards wearing their traditional bearskin hats. Royal gun salutes were fired from nearby Green Park and from the Tower of London as part of the pageantry accompanying an official state visit, one of the highest honors Britain can bestow on a foreign leader.

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Mr. Trump will meet Prime Minister Theresa May at No. 10 Downing St. on Tuesday for what could be an awkward exchange. Ms. May is stepping down as leader of the Conservative Party on Friday and the race to succeed her has already begun with the winner expected to take over as prime minister in July. Ms. May has been forced out by her Tory caucus largely because she couldnt deliver on Brexit and get the country out of the European Union by the March 29, 2019, deadline. That deadline has now been extended to Oct. 31.

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But the U.S. president arrived at a precarious moment. There is a fresh round of impeachment fervor back home and uncertainty on this side of the Atlantic. British Prime Minister Theresa May has undergone months of political turmoil over Britains planned exit from the European Union, and French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to use the 75th anniversary of the World War II battle that turned the tide on the Western Front to call for strengthening multinational ties the U.S. president has frayed.

The President didnt mingle with the public and crowds were kept away from the Trumps as they travelled around the city largely by helicopter. London is not a particularly welcoming place for Mr. Trump and one recent opinion poll found that just 9 per cent of Londoners believe he has done a good or great job as president. Mr. Trump largely avoided the city last July during a working visit to Britain and British officials scrapped plans for a carriage ride down The Mall as part of this state visit.

A year ago, he also had taken aim at his hosts before landing on English soil, blasting May in an interview hours before she hosted him for dinner. This time he has so far spared May, whom he will meet with on Tuesday, but he also has praised her rival, Boris Johnson, just days before May steps down as Conservative leader on Friday for failing to secure a Brexit deal.

I think Boris would do a very good job. I think he would be excellent, Trump told The Sun. I like him. I have always liked him. I dont know that he is going to be chosen, but I think he is a very good guy, a very talented person.

Mr. Trump began his three-day visit with a Twitter tirade against London Mayor Sadiq Khan. In a series of tweets sent as Air Force One was about to land, Mr. Trump called the mayor a stone cold loser who by all accounts has done a terrible job as Mayor of London. He added that: Kahn [sic] reminds me very much of our very dumb and incompetent Mayor of NYC, [Bill] de Blasio, who has also done a terrible job – only half his height.

It was not clear if that endorsement would help or hurt Johnsons chances of becoming prime minister. Trump said he may meet with Johnson this week.

Never shy about weighing in on other countries affairs, Trump also told the Sunday Times that Britain should walk away from Brexit talks and refuse to pay a 39 billion pound ($49 billion) divorce bill if it doesnt get better terms from the European Union. He said he might meet with another pro-Brexit politician, Nigel Farage, and claimed Farage should be given a role in the Brexit negotiations.

After lunch with the queen, Trump was given a biography of Winston Churchill as a gift — hes a fan — and shown parts of the collection at Buckingham Palace, including an 18th-century map of New York, historic photos of golf at St. Andrews and books about birds and George Washington. Westminster Abbey was next, with a tour and moment of silence at the tomb of the Unknown Warrior.

The Queen also gave Mr. Trump and his family a private tour of some of her art collection. Mr. Trump also visited Westminster Abbey to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior and on Wednesday he will join the Queen and other dignitaries in Portsmouth for a ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

As Trump crossed London, he was shadowed — at a distance — by demonstrators, who planned to fly again a huge balloon depicting the president as a baby. He declared there was great love all around but the Fake News would try to find protests.

The President’s son Barron stayed Stateside, but there were plenty of other Trump offspring for the royal family to meet. The President’s adult children — Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and Tiffany Trump — made the trip and were among the 170 guests seated at the horseshoe-shaped table in the palace’s ballroom adorned with displays of peonies. Part of the official U.S. delegation, Ivanka Trump made an appearance with Jared Kushner at Westminster Abbey earlier in the day. Trump’s older daughter is expected to have a seat at Tuesday’s business roundtable and bilateral meeting with outgoing British Prime Minister Theresa May at 10 Downing Street, according to CNN.

As often happens when Trump travels overseas, norms were shattered, including when the president complained about his television viewing options in the foreign capital and urged people to punish CNN by boycotting its parent company, AT&T.

Earlier in the day the First Lady wore a white crepe custom Dolce & Gabbana dress with a navy border and a coordinating hat designed by her stylist Hervé Pierre for the initial meeting with the queen. The Duchess of Cornwall also doubled up on the white ensembles, wearing an all-white Anna Valentine outfit with a hat by Philip Treacy in the daytime. Ivanka Trump was on board with that approach, too, turning up in a white, belted jacket, pleated skirt and hat for the appearance at Westminster Abbey, and an embellished evening gown with buttons for tonight’s dinner. May, though, appeared to be in a darker mood, wearing a sleeveless black dress with a plunging neckline.

In an interview with The Sun, Trump weighed in on the American-born Duchess of Sussex. The former Meghan Markle, who gave birth to a son in May and will not attend the weeks events, has been critical of Trump, and when some of her comments were recited to him he told the tabloid, I didnt know that she was nasty.

White and ivory appeared to be the color of the day Monday, with the queen wearing a gown with crystal-centered daisies by Angela Kelly. Princess Anne (seated beside Kushner) was in white and the Duchess of Cornwall chose a crème-colored embroidered evening gown by Bruce Oldfield with a diamond boucheron tiara, pearl and rose topaz choker and diamond earrings. The queen’s attire was jazzed up with serious wattage — a Burmese ruby and diamond tiara, ruby and diamond necklace, rings and earrings, a white gold and platinum watch, family orders, Queen Victoria’s bar brooch, The Garter sash, a Garden Star and cameo, according to a pool report.

He said later he thought Markle would be very good as a royal and claimed he only meant her comments were nasty.

FLOTUS selected an ivory-colored sleeveless Dior haute couture dress with a flame-shaped neckline, walking into the dinner with Prince Charles, according to a pool report. The made-to-order dress was polished up with gloves and Manolo Blahnik shoes, both in ivory suede. As was the case earlier in the day for the royal guard review and private lunch with the queen, the First Lady wore her hair in an updo, but with shimmering diamond earrings in her hair to accent the diminutive diamond ones in her ears.

Trump will make his first presidential visit to Ireland on Wednesday, spending two nights at his golf club in Doonbeg, which sits above the Atlantic. After Dublin balked at holding a meeting in the city, a deal was struck for Trump to meet Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar at the VIP lounge at Shannon Airport, hardly the grand setting usually afforded a meeting of world leaders.

The centerpiece of the presidents European trip will be two days to mark the 75th anniversary of the June 6, 1944, D-Day landing, likely the last significant commemoration most veterans of the battle will see. The events will begin in Portsmouth, England, where the invasion was launched, and then move across the Channel to France, where Allied forces began to recapture Western Europe from the Nazis.

The day is normally a heartfelt tribute to unity and sacrifice, outweighing any national or political skirmish. But some on both sides of the Atlantic are nervous about Trump, who has shown a willingness to inject partisanship into such moments.

Eric Trump’s wife Lara, who is expecting their second child, was also in the crowd, wearing a white and black strapless gown from Monique Lhuillier accessorized with white evening gloves. Tiffany Trump also opted for white gloves with her off-the-shoulder burgundy gown.

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Donald Trump and the Queen toasted to their shared alliance on Monday during an elaborate state dinner at Buckingham Palace in honour of the U.S. president and his wife.

When asked if he was sorry to miss out on meeting American-born Markle and told that she “wasnt so nice” about him during his campaign, Trump said: I didnt know that. No, I hope shes OK. I did not know that. (The Duchess of Sussex is not meeting Trump as she is on maternity leave from royal duties.)

"Tonight we celebrate an alliance that has helped to ensure the safety and prosperity of both our peoples for decades, and which I believe will endure for many years to come," the Queen said, speaking in front of about 170 guests in London.

[email protected], who by all accounts has done a terrible job as Mayor of London, has been foolishly nasty to the visiting President of the United States, by far the most important ally of the United Kingdom. He is a stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London, not me……

She told Trump security and a shared heritage link the U.S. and U.K. On his first state visit to the U.K, the president acknowledged the common values he said will unite the two countries long into the future, including freedom, sovereignty and self-determination.

It was one of many moments marking the president's largely ceremonial visit to Britain, which also included tea with Prince Charles and a royal gun salute from Green Park and the Tower of London, one of the highest honours Britain can bestow on a foreign leader.

London part of trip is going really well. The Queen and the entire Royal family have been fantastic. The relationship with the United Kingdom is very strong. Tremendous crowds of well wishers and people that love our Country. Havent seen any protests yet, but Im sure the….

The ceremony took place under clear blue skies on the spacious garden next to the 775-room palace that is the official residence of the Queen. Trump and Charles inspected the Guard of Honour formed by the Grenadier Guards wearing the traditional bearskin hats.

PreviousNextHide captionToggle Fullscreen1 of 0Trump and his wife paid their respects at the grave of an unknown British warrior, at Westminster Abbey. They were greeted inside the abbey by Prince Andrew and clergy.

Vox reports that protesters “have upped the ante” for this state visit and are reportedly planning to unveil a 16-foot robot of Trump texting while sitting on a golden toilet. The toilet apparently “farts” and says: “No collusion.”

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They stood silently at the tomb of the British soldier, whose body was brought from France to be buried at the abbey in November 1920. The grave contains soil from France and is covered by a slab of black marble.

It is unclear how Trump will interact with May as, a year ago, he blasted the British prime minister in an interview hours before she hosted him for dinner. Though he has spared May so far this time, he has praised her rival, prime ministerial hopeful Boris Johnson.

The president and his wife prayed and bent down to touch a colourful wreath, which had red and white roses, and bright blue and pink flowers.

″@SadiqKhan, who by all accounts has done a terrible job as Mayor of London, has been foolishly ‘nasty’ to the visiting President of the United States, by far the most important ally of the United Kingdom, Trump tweeted before landing.

Their trip, meant to strengthen ties between the two nations, was immediately at risk of being overshadowed by Brexit turmoil and a political feud with London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Following Tuesday's focus on business and trade, Trump will use the next two days to mark the 75th anniversary of the June 6, 1944, D-Day landing, likely the last significant commemoration most veterans of the battle will see. The events will begin in Portsmouth, England, where the invasion was launched, and then move across the Channel to France, where Allied forces began to recapture Western Europe from the Nazis.

Even before Air Force One touched down north of London, Trump unleashed a Twitter tirade against Khan in the city, where Trump will stay for two nights while partaking in a state visit full of pomp and circumstance.

The move came after a newspaper column that reported Khan said Trump did not deserve red-carpet treatment in Britain and was "one of the most egregious examples of a growing global threat" from the far-right to liberal democracy.

It is traditional for U.S. and other world leaders to not weigh in on another's domestic politics. But Trump hasn't let that stop him. Trump told the Sunday Times in an interview that Britain should "walk away" from talks and refuse to pay a $49 billion US divorce bill if it doesn't get better terms from the EU.

"[Sadiq Khan], who by all accounts has done a terrible job as Mayor of London, has been foolishly 'nasty' to the visiting President of the United States, by far the most important ally of the United Kingdom," Trump tweeted just before landing. "He is a stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London, not me."

Trump and May are due to meet with corporate executives from the United States and United Kingdom, before an afternoon news conference on the second day of Trump's state visit. The leaders' top priority is a possible bilateral trade deal to take effect once the U.K. leaves the European Union.

The president said Khan reminded him of the "terrible" mayor of his hometown, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, though "only half his height." De Blasio, a Democrat, is a longshot candidate in the 2020 presidential race. Khan supporters have previously accused Trump of being racist against London's first Muslim mayor.

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The president then added a few warm words for his hosts, tweeting he was looking forward "to being a great friend to the United Kingdom, and am looking very much forward to my visit."

Soon-to-depart Prime Minister Theresa May is not scheduled to have a formal one-on-one private meeting with Trump.

May's office says the two leaders will meet Tuesday at 10 Downing Street, accompanied by senior officials, and will also tour the Churchill War Rooms, then-prime minister Winston Churchill's underground Second World War headquarters.

Britain is scheduled to leave the EU on Oct. 31 unless both sides agree to an extension. Its position is in flux because May is stepping down as party leader Friday, setting in motion a race to succeed her as prime minister.

PreviousNextHide captionToggle Fullscreen1 of 0A year ago, Trump was an ungracious guest, blasting May in an interview just hours before Air Force One touched down in England. This time, he spared May but praised her rival, prime ministerial hopeful Boris Johnson, just before she steps down as Conservative leader Friday for failing to secure a Brexit deal.

The U.S. president arrived at a precarious moment, as he faces a fresh round of impeachment fervour back home and uncertainty on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.

French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to use the 75th anniversary of the Second World War battle that turned the tide on the Western Front to call for strengthening the multinational ties the U.S. president has frayed.

"My greatest hope is this: the president and all the leaders stay focused on the extraordinary heroism of that of D-Day and focusing on what brought allies to that position," said Heather Conley, senior vice-president of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies. "Dark clouds are forming once again in Europe, and rather than encourage those forces, we need to find much better tools to defeat them."

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