There be no question that President Donald Trump will arrive early afternoon London time and the United Kingdom will be greeting him with plenty of protests where he is the least popular and respected U.S. leader to visit the Kingdom since World War II. A YouGov poll showed only 11 percent of residents of the U.K. approve of how he is running the country. 67 percent of those polled think that he a danger to the future of long-lasting relationships with the U.K. and the rest of Europe.
His performance at the NATO meeting has not done anything to calm down the fears of the people of the U.K. as well as the rest of Europe. He was openly hostile to Germany, as well as the U.K. during the meeting moved through the two-day summit.
Don’t get me wrong he will get banished by the queen or anything like that after all this is the U.K where they are very polite.
President Trump will get the same red carpet treatment that other U. S. presidents have been given over the years by our most loyal ally.
He will begin a whirlwind three-day trip that will include songs from military bands at a black tie dinner, lunch with Prime Minister Teresa May at her country residence, then tea with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle.
President Trump will leave on Friday flying off to one of his golf clubs in Scotland. He will stay there over the weekend before heading Monday to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.
However, before he gets to Helsinki the president will face protests from all over the United Kingdom will take place including two massive London gatherings. A massive event at Parliament Square, where a giant inflatable “Baby Donald Trump,” will be on display while he is in London and the other a creative “Keep Trump Awake All Night,” protest that will take place near Winfield House in Regent’s Park, the US Ambassador’s residence where Trump will be spending the night while in London.
President Trump won’t find a kind press in the U.K. either with the Fleet Street tabloids will continue to poke fun at him and rip him as they have been doing since day one he became the leader of the United States.
Lest we forget that he also really doesn’t have the best relationship with Prime Minister May. This coming despite that fact she is a fellow conservative who shares his view that NATO should defense spending should be increased. But Trump recalls that May and her predecessor, David Cameron, challenged Trump’s anti-Muslim campaign stance as “divisive, stupid and wrong.”
According to the Metro newspaper, here are the key issues that have people in the U.K ready to show President Trump why he isn’t welcome in the area.
January 19, 2016: Britain’s lawmakers debate a proposal to ban Trump, at that point he was a Republican presidential candidate, from Britain. The debate was prompted by a petition signed by roughly half a million people calling for his exclusion after he proposed a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States. Trump was heavily criticized but there was no vote and no ban was imposed.
May 10, 2016: Newly elected London Mayor Sadiq Khan says Trump’s “ignorant view of Islam could make both our countries less safe” after Trump suggests that Khan, who is a Muslim, could be an exception to his proposal to ban Muslims from coming to the United States.
January 27, 2017: Theresa May meets with Trump in the Oval Office one week after he was inaugurated and extends an invitation to a state visit that would be hosted by the queen in her role as head of state. May becomes the first foreign leader to meet with the new president.
February 20, 2017: Thousands of anti-Trump protesters rally outside Britain’s Parliament while lawmakers inside urge the government to rescind its offer to the president of a state visit stamped with pomp, pageantry, and royal approval.
November 29, 2017: Trump angers British leaders by retweeting unverified, anti-Islamic videos from Britain First, whose leaders have since been convicted of hate crimes.
January 12, 2018: Trump cancels a planned visit to London to open the new U.S. Embassy, calling it a bad deal in a poor location.
May 4, 2018: Trump tells an NRA convention in Dallas that Britons are losing the battle against knife crime. “They don’t have guns. They have knives and instead there’s blood all over the floors of this hospital. They say it’s as bad as a military war zone hospital … knives, knives, knives.” This claim is rejected by British physicians and lawmakers.
July 5, 2018: The Greater London Authority and the mayor give protesters permission to fly a 20-foot tall balloon depicting Trump as an angry baby in a diaper from Parliament Square for two hours during Trump’s July 13 visit.
July 12: 2018: Trump is scheduled to arrive for a three-day visit to the London area and Scotland before flying to Helsinki for a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.