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Offbeat 'I think they like me there:' Trump says he's popular in UK despite threat of protests

16:27  12 july  2018
16:27  12 july  2018 Source:   cnn.com

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Donald Trump insisted of the UK that " they like me a lot" despite tens of thousands preparing to protest his visit. And he insisted that the people of the UK liked him and agreed with him on immigration.

He insisted he was popular in the UK , citing his strong line on migration. “ They like me a lot in the UK . Protests against Trump ’ s visit are expected across the country. There will be an “unwelcome party” near Winfield House, the US ambassador’ s residence where Trump will be staying, and a

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference after a summit of heads of state and government at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, Thursday, July 12, 2018. NATO leaders gather in Brussels for a two-day summit. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert) © Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference after a summit of heads of state and government at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, Thursday, July 12, 2018. NATO leaders gather in Brussels for a two-day summit. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

Update: President Trump is wheels down in the UK. He'll start his day there on Thursday with a visit with British Prime Minister May.

On Friday, Trump and May will visit a defense site and then travel to Chequers, the Prime Minister's official country retreat, for bilateral talks. They'll have a news conference afterward.

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Thousands expected to protest against him as he tours UK and giant ' Trump baby balloon' will fly over London. When asked about the threat of mass protests across the UK he said : ' I think it' s fine. A lot of people like me there .

Donald Trump has given a wide-ranging interview to Piers Morgan for ITV. In it, the US president claimed he was popular in the UK despite calls for protests if he takes up Theresa May’ s invite for a state visit; said he did not know if he had been invited to Prince Harry’ s wedding

Trump and the first lady will then go on to Windsor Castle to meet the Queen.

Previous report:

US President Donald Trump has shrugged off protests planned across the UK ahead of his arrival there Thursday, claiming he is very popular in Britain because of his hardline stance on immigration.

Speaking at an impromptu press conference after a NATO summit in Brussels Trump said the British people shared his concerns on immigration, claiming "that's why Brexit happened."

"I think they like me in the UK. I think they agree with me on immigration," he said, also reminding reporters that his mother was from Scotland, which he plans to visit after his official meetings in England.

Trump also issued a warning to the European Union, telling it to "be very careful" of increasing immigration into the region, as he described a global backlash to migration.

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Woody Johnson, the American ambassador to the UK , has said that President Trump is “thick-skinned” and will definitely come to London when he visits the UK , despite the threat of large protests in the capital.

The US President insisted he was 'very popular ' in the UK , despite vows from opponents that his visit to the country will be greeted with huge protests . In his first international TV interview, Trump insisted: ' I think I 'm very popular in your country.

"I partially won an election because of immigration," he said, also pointing to Italy's recent vote, in which Giuseppe Conte took the government after campaigning on a populist anti-immigration platform.

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In an interview on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," Chelsea Clinton said Ivanka Trump is "fair game" for And I think the darkness fills that vacuum,” she added. If I lived in Britain I would show up to protest , because I don’t agree with what he ’ s doing to degrade what it means to be an American.”

Donald Trump has insisted that he is “very popular ” in the UK despite vows from opponents that his visit will be greeted with huge protests . The US president told TV presenter Piers Morgan: “ I get so much fan mail.”

Trump will spend four days in the UK, where he will meet with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Theresa May. Although he will visit the US ambassador's residence, he is largely avoiding central London, where the largest protests are expected Friday.

May was the first head of government to officially meet Trump as president, in January 2017. It was during that trip to Washington that she invited him to the UK.

Trump postponed his trip several times as a petition to block him from entering the UK gained so many signatures that it was debated in parliament. The UK's speaker of parliament made clear that Trump, because of his values, would not be invited to address MPs.

The petition against Trump claimed an official state visit would be embarrassing for the queen. Trump is technically on a lower-level working visit this week.

He again postponed his visit in January this year after remarking that the relocation of the US embassy in London was a "bad deal" made by President Obama, and that he was not interested in cutting the ribbon at the opening.

President Trump and the queen actually have a few things in common .
Ahead of their highly-anticipated first meeting, royal biographer Robert Hardman says "I think they're going to get along great"In what has been a bumpy ride so far with the president slamming British Prime Minister in an interview with one of England's bestselling newspapers, this visit may come as welcome relief. The president has already expressed how they're looking forward to it and said the first lady is a tremendous fan.

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