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London awaits Trump's visit, braces for protests

12 July 2018

"We urge that the Scottish Government rules out any use of Prestwick by the president or his entourage, and so send the most powerful message possible that Donald Trump is not welcome in Scotland".

A high metal fence has been erected around the USA ambassador's central London residence where Trump will spend Thursday night and the embassy has sent out an alert warning Americans in London to keep a low profile in case protests turn violent.

Protests are also planned in Scotland when he travels to play golf at his Trump Turnberry course.

A campaign is also underway to get "American Idiot", a 2004 song by the U.S. punk rock band Green Day, to the top of the UK Singles Chart.

"At the same time, we will not compromise our fundamental values of equality, diversity and human rights, and we expect these values to be made clear during the presidential visit to the UK". He's not coming here for himself.

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"Give us your tired and your oppressed and we'll divide you from your children", he said of Trump's policies.

On terrorism: After coming under fire for re-tweeting anti-Muslim videos posted online by the deputy leader of the far-right Britain First group, Jayda Fransen, the president said Theresa May should focus on "destructive radical Islamic terrorism" in the United Kingdom, rather than on him. "It's really kind of irrelevant to what we're trying to do, and doesn't express the opinion of the British people that I've met", he told the BBC's Today programme.

He has also said he might speak to Boris Johnson, who quit as foreign secretary over May's plans.

Trump has clashed in the past with May - even though she is a conservative who shares his view that defense spending should be raised - and with her predecessor, David Cameron, who challenged Trump's anti-Muslim campaign stance as "divisive, stupid and wrong".

For Evie, problems on the USA borders - such as young children being separated from their families - is one of her key concerns about the United States administration.

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She says they have "turned a blind eye" to the situation.

Mr Smyth said he hoped the protests, and specifically the Trump baby blimp, do not upset the American public.

Mr. Trump, however, suggested before leaving a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels on Thursday to head for London, that Britons in general agree with his policies, in particular his tough stance on immigration.

He said: 'They like me a lot in the UK.

The US President and the First Lady will land at Stansted Airport, Essex, to start his visit to London and the south of England.

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London awaits Trump's visit, braces for protests