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US News ‘I think they like me a lot in the U.K.,’ Trump says, as he faces mass protests in Britain

19:52  12 july  2018
19:52  12 july  2018 Source:   washingtonpost.com

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The president, who is set for a two-day working visit followed by a weekend in Scotland, addressed the planned protests in a news conference, saying , “ I think it’s fine.” “ They like me a lot in the U . K .,” he added. “ They agree with me on immigration.

“ He advised he was present earlier in the evening at a murder,” Nichols testified. “Kody said that he was present for the shooting but that he did not shoot the victim.” 3. ‘ I think they like me a lot in the U . K .,’ Trump says , as he faces mass protests in Britain . 4.

Video: Trump in Britain for first visit as U.S. president (Provided by Reuters)

If President Trump likes a little chaos, a little disruption on his travels, he has come to the right place.

Asked about the mass demonstrations scheduled for his trip to Britain, Trump said Thursday at a NATO press conference, “I think they like me a lot in the U.K. I think they agree with me on immigration. I’m very strong on immigration.”

He added, "I'm going to a pretty hot spot right now with a lot of resignations.”

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Speaking at an impromptu press conference at the NATO summit, Mr Trump brushed off concerns about the protests . He told reporters: " I think it's fine I think they like me a lot in the UK I think they agree with me on immigration, I 'm very strong on immigration."

U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are greeted after disembarking from Air Force One as they arrive at London Stansted Airport in Stansted, England, Thursday, July 12, 2018. Trump is making his first trip to Britain as president after a tense summit with NATO leaders in Brussels and on the heels of ruptures in British Prime Minister Theresa May's government because of the crisis over Britain's exit from the European Union. © AP Photo/Matt Dunham U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are greeted after disembarking from Air Force One as they arrive at London Stansted Airport in Stansted, England, Thursday, July 12, 2018. Trump is making his first trip to Britain as president after a tense summit with NATO leaders in Brussels and on the heels of ruptures in British Prime Minister Theresa May's government because of the crisis over Britain's exit from the European Union. As Air Force One landed at London Stansted Airport Thursday afternoon, Prime Minister Theresa May’s government was beset by division, her compromise plan to exit the European Union was being excoriated by critics, and rebels in her own Conservative party were threatening a no-confidence vote.

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Mass anti- Trump marches have been more than a year in the planning, after May first extended an invitation for Trump to visit the U . K . in early 2017. "But he has a tremendously fragile ego so ridicule is an effective form of protest ," he said . "So we want to make sure he knows that all of Britain is

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Add to the mix that England lost to Croatia in the World Cup semi-finals on Wednesday night, and the nation was suffering from a collective hang-over, and not the good kind. Meanwhile, out in the quiet English countryside, 100 counter-terrorism investigators have concluded that a middle-aged British woman was killed by a dose of Soviet-era nerve agent, the same batch of chemical weapon that May charged was deployed on English soil by Russian actors, likely with President Vladi­mir Putin’s knowledge.

Trump is scheduled to meet Putin Monday in Helsinki.

Trump's aides have feared that the wall-to-wall protests could lead the president to lash out during the trip, and great care has been taken to keep him from the demonstrations.

When Trump said earlier in the day that the British liked him a lot, he drew laughs from reporters at the news conference. The president did not appear to be joking but has privately complained about his possible reception.

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Donald Trump said Sunday he is “very popular” in the U . K ., a country the president refused to visit in recent weeks fearful of mass protests . In an interview in Davos with former "Celebrity Apprentice" winner Piers Morgan, Trump said : “ I think I ’m very popular in your country

Rebuking Trump , though, May said , ' I am very clear that retweeting from Britain First was the The prospect of mass protests during a Trump visit to the U . K . has loomed large for months. Trump says he will 'most likely' meet with Putin sometime in July after Russian aide revealed the expected

a group of people standing around a plane © Provided by WP Company LLC d/b/a The Washington Post Trump has taken particular interest in the political turmoil in London in recent days.

Before his departure for Europe, Trump was asked if he thought May should continue as leader. He shrugged and said, “that’s up to the people.” He added that he’d "always liked" Boris Johnson, May’s rival, who just quit as foreign secretary while calling her Brexit plans a shambles that will turn Britain into “a colony” of Europe.

Aides have been coy about whether he will meet with Johnson. British officials have said privately that would be a "disaster" for May, in the words of one.

Trump was initially invited to a regal state visit last year by May. That invite has been downgraded to a working visit. Trump and his wife, Melania, will get an audience with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle — an hour with the Monarch for tea.

They’ll be a gala dinner at a palace, too, and military bands and Scottish bagpipes.

One of Trump’s former allies, Steve Bannon, has been camped out in London meeting right-wing populist figures.

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Trump was asked: are you a feminist? “No, I wouldn’t say I ’m a feminist,” he said . “ I mean, I think that would be, maybe, going too far. “ He ’s a great guy. His wife is fantastic. I like them a lot .

The reversal comes despite Mr Trump telling Theresa May last month that he would come to Britain in the New Year. 'Maybe, just maybe, Sadiq Khan, Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party planning mass protests , maybe those optics he didn't like the look of.'

U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are greeted after disembarking from Air Force One as they arrive at London Stansted Airport in Stansted, England, Thursday, July 12, 2018. Trump is making his first trip to Britain as president after a tense summit with NATO leaders in Brussels and on the heels of ruptures in British Prime Minister Theresa May's government because of the crisis over Britain's exit from the European Union. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) © Associated Press U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are greeted after disembarking from Air Force One as they arrive at London Stansted Airport in Stansted, England, Thursday, July 12, 2018. Trump is making his first trip to Britain as president after a tense summit with NATO leaders in Brussels and on the heels of ruptures in British Prime Minister Theresa May's government because of the crisis over Britain's exit from the European Union. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) Trump will see a number of friends at an exclusive dinner Thursday evening at Blenheim Palace, including Christopher Ruddy, chief executive of conservative media company Newsmax.

Yet hanging over the bilateral meeting is the feeling that Trump and May are out of sorts, at a time when the British government really, really needs Trump to promise some of the fantastic trade deals that would produce the “global Britain” May has promised after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union next year.

Trump got it right when he conceded Britain was “somewhat in turmoil.”

Greeting Trump will be a mass demonstration Friday in London — and lot of smaller scenes of sign-waving at every stop on his journey, which will be mostly by helicopter.

Brian Klaas, a fellow in global politics at the London School of Economics, said that as far as the visit is concerned, May is walking a tightrope.

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But plans for a red-carpet state visit - including a grand evening with the Queen - are still on ice amid concerns about mass protests . ' I think the feeling is mutual from the standpoint of liking each other a lot ,' he said .

Trump heaps praise on May during Davos meet as they try to kill fears about 'special relationship' - and agree he should visit Britain THIS YEAR. Heaping praise on Mrs May, Mr Trump said : ' I think the feeling is mutual from the standpoint of liking each other a lot ,' he said .

She’s in a “catch 22 with Trump,” he said. “Her political base and the broader British public do not like Donald Trump. She also wants to show that in a post-Brexit world, Britain can still be a major player and Trump is central to that narrative.”

But, he warned, “if she comes out of this with another photo of her holding Donald Trump’s hand, that may not play well with people who find Donald Trump to be politically toxic.”

Robin Niblett, director of Chatam House, a think tank in London, said that for May and 10 Downing Street, the Trump visit “was something to be survived,” rather than enjoyed.

Recalling the disaster that struck British leader Tony Blair, in his embrace of George W. Bush and his alliance with Washington in the Iraq war, Niblett said May would be extremely wary of being seen as “Trump’s poodle.”

Organizers of Britain’s nationwide protests are committed to staging some of the largest demonstrations since 2003, when hundreds of thousands hit the streets to oppose the war in Iraq.

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Organizers say that from the moment Trump lands on British soil to the moment he leaves, he will be met by a “carnival of resistance.” For some, that means flying a giant ‘Trump Baby’ balloon over Parliament Square. For others, it means shouting at places Trump will be visiting — Winfield House, Blenheim Palace, Chequers, Windsor Castle and his Trump Turnberry golf resort in Scotland. For others still, it means assembling in towns and cities up and down the country.

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He said he did not care about Jeremy Corbyn's calls to ban him from Britain . ‘That’s their problem,’ he said . ‘ I mean, if they don’t, I could very nicely stay home. I think a lot of people in your country like what I stand for, they respect what I stand for.’

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“I'm marching because of the disdain that Trump has shown for Britain, and because of his disgraceful treatment of minorities in the United States,” said David Lammy, a leading member in the opposition Labour Party who will give a speech at Friday’s rally in London.

“Whenever London experiences a tragedy, it's also the case that Trump licks his lips and tweets,” he said.

He noted that Britain has rolled out the red carpet for other controversial political figures before, but “this is the leader of the free world, this is our closest ally in the global community.”

U.S. President Donald Trump  and U.S. first lady Melania Trump at the arrival for a dinner at the Parc du Cinquantenaire - Jubelpark park in Brussels, Belgium July 11, 2018. Picture taken July 11, 2018. Benoit Doppagne/Pool via REUTERS © Reuters U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. first lady Melania Trump at the arrival for a dinner at the Parc du Cinquantenaire - Jubelpark park in Brussels, Belgium July 11, 2018. Picture taken July 11, 2018. Benoit Doppagne/Pool via REUTERS Asad Rehman, 51, one of the organizers of the Stop Trump coalition, said, “Donald Trump will very much hear us and see us.”

On Thursday night, campaigners are staging a “Keep Trump Awake” protest outside of the U.S. ambassador’s London residence where the president and first lady will spend the night. They are encouraging people to bring “pots, drums and vuvuzelas.”

Rehman said the protests were “not simply about Donald Trump, the man. It is actually an expression of opposition to the policies and politics he represents which has echoes across Europe and in the U.K. as well.”

But Trump, the man, has also helped to “galvanize a large cross-section of people across multiple issues,” he said.

The largest of all the protests will take place on Friday afternoon in London, where the streets are expected to be clogged with tens of thousands advocating for issues ranging from migrant rights to women’s rights to worker rights. According to the Stop Trump coalition Facebook page, 61,000 people said they would attend.

Anti-Trump protests outside White House continue into fifth night

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I think that he is a danger and I think that he is a racist.' Ms Thornberry said : 'What kind of visit did he think he was going to get? 'Maybe, just maybe, Sadiq Khan, Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party planning mass protests , maybe those optics he didn't like the look of.'

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, a frequent Twitter foe of Trump, insisted that the planned protests were not “anti-American — far from it.” But he said that the so-called special relationship means “speaking out when we think one side is not living up to the values we hold dear.”

“The eyes of the world will be on London this week. It’s an opportunity for our city to show our values, twinned with our world-renowned sense of humour,” Khan wrote in the London Evening Standard newspaper.

a group of people crossing a bridge over a body of water © Provided by WP Company LLC d/b/a The Washington Post Polls suggest Trump is unpopular in Britain — but he does have his fans.

Damien Smyth, 52, has temporarily changed the name of his pub from the Jameson to the Trump Arms, to honor the visit. There is no missing the London pub, which is festooned with American and British flags, and a sign above the entrance reading: “Welcome our American Friends.”

Trump, Smyth said, has done “wonderful work since taking office,” and has “made the world safe again — that’s the most important thing, and has done tremendous work with the economy.” Smyth, whose wife is from the Bronx, said that while “no one was perfect,” he admired Trump for going into politics and said that other successful businessmen and women should do the same.

He said that the “silent majority” in Britain liked Trump, but “it’s not cool to say you’re a Trump supporter, these people are shunned.”

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Anti-Trump protests outside White House continue into fifth night .
Anti-Trump protests outside White House continue into fifth nightAdam Parkhomenko has been organizing the "Occupy Lafayette Park" protests since President Trump's controversial summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday.

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