Trump stokes Britain's Brexit turmoil at start of visit

Donald Trump has claimed that his stance on immigration means people in the United Kingdom "like him a lot", ahead of his first official visit to the UK.

"My message to those coming to the protests in London is that this must be peaceful and good-spirited".

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Mr Ruddy said: 'Trump will think the baby balloon is about him so it's probably a positive thing.

Catherine Fookes, director of Wales' Women's Equality Network, said the Senedd protest aimed "to show that Wales is against the casual racism and sexism of Trump". In London, we speak with Sheila Menon, social justice activist and one of the organizers behind the Trump baby blimp.

But it's not simply the protesters, who are expected to dog Mr. Trump throughout his visit, including his weekend in Scotland, but his fraught relationship with political leaders accustomed to harmonious exchanges with US leaders, a tradition of unity that goes back at least to the vital World War II partnership of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill.

While Trump on Friday is having lunch with Prime Minister Theresa May at her Chequers country estate or sipping tea with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle, tens of thousands of demonstrators - maybe more - are planning to gather in London's Trafalgar Square to protest the president and his policies. When Trump canceled his plans a few weeks before the big day, some - like London Mayor Sadiq Khan - speculated that the expected opposition scared off Trump and was happy about it.

On Thursday, Trump will travel to Blenheim Palace, the 18-century stately home where Britain's World War Two leader Winston Churchill was born and spent most of his childhood.

"I think it's amusing".

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Tall metal mesh barricades and concrete blocks have been erected around the perimeter of the US Ambassador's swanky central London residence, Winfield House, where Trump will spend Thursday night. I think they agree with me on immigration.

The British are usually polite to a fault - though they have been known to go off after a soccer match or once the pubs close. "I don't know [if] that is what they voted for", he added.

He will largely be avoiding London, where a mass demonstration is planned and where the "Trump Baby" balloon will be flown above Westminster.

After a weekend break in Scotland, they are expected to move on to Finland for Trump's much-hyped summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on July 16.

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".

It has been dubbed Storm Trump and the country is braced for a United States presidential visit that has split opinion like never before.

Some British citizens are even more distressed about Trump than they are about the U.K.'s own feverish political turmoil.

The prime minister will host a gala dinner and a meeting with Trump, giving them time to talk.

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