Queen will greet US President at Windsor Castle

Queen will greet US President at Windsor Castle

"He is thankful for the wonderful welcome from the Prime Minister here in the U.K".

Trump went as far as to suggest that a "soft" Brexit could endanger any unilateral trade deal reached between the US and the United Kingdom.

Prime Minister Theresa May said her plan to keep close economic ties with the European Union once Britain leaves the bloc next March was "principled and pragmatic".

"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.

Mr Trump said he had told Ms May how to do a Brexit deal, but the Prime Minister did not heed his advice.

People inflate a helium filled Donald Trump blimp, which they hope to deploy during the President's visit, in London, June 26, 2018. I would actually say that she probably went the opposite way. But I told her how to do it.

Trump angered European allies at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit this week and then accused British Prime Minister Theresa May of being too soft with the EU on Brexit negotiations.

Trump has been quick to criticize British society, telling a National Rifle Association convention in May that the British didn't have guns but had so much knife crime that one hospital was like a military war zone with its floors awash with blood, a false statement quickly rebutted by British physicians and politicians.

There are also plans for protestors to gather close to the U.S. ambassador's residence in Regent's Park, where Trump and his wife, Melania, will stay overnight on Thursday.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has urged those attending the protests not to cause trouble.

Trump Says Baby Blimp Makes Him Feel ‘Unwelcome’ in London
While the many thousands are expected to line the streets and protest against Trump, politicians have become involved too. Khan gave protesters permission to fly the 20-foot-tall balloon, depicting Trump as an angry baby in a diaper.

But for many British diplomats, Brexit marks the collapse of a 70-year strategy of trying to balance European integration with a US alliance based on blood, trade and intelligence sharing. "But when they make you feel unwelcome, why would I stay there?"

"But instead the Tories are rewarding President Trump with a red carpet welcome".

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".

"The people voted to break it up so I would imagine that's what they would do, but maybe they're taking a different route, I don't know if that is what they voted for".

Thousands of people are expected to join two large demonstrations in London, while a "blimp" of Mr Trump as a snarling baby is due to be flown near parliament on Friday morning.

In an interview with Britain's Sun newspaper published late on Thursday, Trump said May's plans for a business-friendly Brexit would leave it too close to the European Union to allow a new trans-Atlantic trade deal to be struck.

"It's an opportunity to reach a free trade agreement that creates jobs and growth here in the UK and right across the United States", May told the guests at Blenheim Palace.

Just two days before Trump's arrival, a dozen organizers and members of parliament accused the British police of "curtailing the right to protest and putting the health and safety of demonstrators in jeopardy" by denying groups permission to set up a stage and sound system at the main protest assembly point in London, the Common Dreams website reported.

Mr Trump will then travel to Windsor Castle to meet the Queen before heading to Scotland for a private part of the four-day visit, ahead of travelling to Helsinki for a summit with Russian president Vladimir Putin.

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