Trump arrives in UK

Thousands of protestors are set to line the streets during Trump’s visit More

Thousands of protestors are set to line the streets during Trump’s visit More

The president is expected to head to Scotland on Friday night and spend the weekend at his Turnberry golf resort in South Ayrshire.

A sign attached to the fence reads: "No access - do not enter".

Speaking at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels before he arrived, Mr Trump said the United Kingdom was a "hot spot right now".

"Yes, there might be protests", he said. On Thursday, Mr. Trump shrugged off the planned protests, telling reporters "they like me a lot in the U.K".

Upon arriving, Mr Trump was helicoptered to Winfield House, the United States ambassador's residence in London's Regent's Park, where a "ring of steel" has been set up to keep protesters at arm's length.

On reaching the residence the pair walked across the lawn hand-in-hand.

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May will seek to put the tensions behind her when she hosts Trump later Thursday for a black-tie dinner with business leaders at Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of World War II prime minister Winston Churchill.

The event will begin with a military parade featuring the bands of the Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards in the spectacular Great Court.

They stood with the Mays to listen to the bandsmen of the Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards, who played the Liberty Fanfare, Amazing Grace and the National Emblem.

Cheddar Gorgeous has helped organise the drag protest against Trump on Friday. Our correspondent Catherine Drew reports from London. "Be aware of your surroundings (and) exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings that may become violent", it added.

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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.

Later, Trump will take tea with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle, a home to the royals for 1,000 years, part of a tour created to keep him away from protesters. A baby-shaped Trump balloon is expected to fly over Parliament on Friday morning.

Shrugging off the plans for mass protests, which will include a giant baby-shaped blimp bearing Trump's features, he said in Brussels: "They like me a lot in the UK". This despite a trip choreography created to have him spend as little time as possible in London and keep him out of sight.

Yet Trump's schedule will largely keep him out of central London.

Matthew Butcher, an anti-Trump campaigner and one of the "babysitters" of the balloon, said: "I think that the thing that the Trump balloon does is that it brings an element of fun to the protests, but it also gets under Donald Trump's very thin skin". "I don't know (if) that is what they voted for", he added.

He said the stunt aims to "hold up a mirror" to Mr Trump's "toddler-like politics". "So why would we do it to our ally?" "I was happy when Obama did it".

She'll also be hoping Mr. Trump ignores the thousands of people protesting his visit. The UK's speaker of parliament made clear that Trump, because of his values, would not be invited to address MPs.

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