Trade and tea with queen for Trump in a Britain in 'turmoil'

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Mr Trump arrived at London Stansted Airport at 2pm on Thursday for his four-day working visit.

More than 50,000 people have signed up to demonstrate in London, where they intend to fly an oversized balloon depicting the president as an angry baby in a diaper.

Mass protests are expected to greet Donald Trump as he arrives for his first visit to Britain as president.

"It appears that President Trump got the message from the many Londoners who love and admire America and Americans but find his policies and actions the polar opposite of our city's values of inclusion, diversity, and tolerance", mayor Khan said in January.

Speaking about the protests - that includes a giant balloon baby flown over Parliament - Trump told reporters in Brussels that he was well-regarded by Brits.

Prime Minister May office said that she expected Donald Trump to discuss with President Putin issues like the Salisbury nerve agent attack on former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

In the Tuesday memo, the U.S. Embassy in London alerted citizens to the "numerous demonstrations" that could "attract large crowds" that may be less than agreeable toward Americans.

The US President reached London after attending a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, where he said member countries agreed to increase their military spending.

The trek, coming more than a year and a half into his presidency, does not have the trappings of a state visit.

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Mr Trump will meet the US Ambassador at Winfield House after arriving and then head to Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. A giant six-metre-high blimp of Trump depicted as an orange baby in nappies is also expected to fly over the capital.

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The remainder of the trip will see the President in Scotland where will enjoy a weekend of golf at his Turnberry resort.

Mr Mundell said he is looking forward to welcoming the president.

The Labour leader hit out at Mr Trump on the first day of his controversial visit to the UK.

"I think they like me a lot in the UK", Trump said in Brussels.

"I think that's why Brexit happened", he said, noting that Britain was "a pretty hot spot right now with a lot of resignations".

Their first stop will be the ambassador's official residence in London, Winfield House, which has been surrounded by an ultra-secure ring of steel to keep out protesters. She will then head to Windsor Castle for tea with Queen Elizabeth II in the afternoon.

Trump was joining British Prime Minister Theresa May for a black-tie dinner Thursday at Blenheim Palace, Churchill's birthplace near Oxford, at the start of his trip to England.

Scotland Yard said it has specialist plans in place to ensure the event will be secure and said in a statement: "We are preparing for a multi-faceted policing and security operation, involving the protection and movement of the president".

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