But trip planners may go out of their way to shield Trump from viewing another aspect of the greeting: an oversized balloon depicting the president as an angry baby in a diaper that will be flown from
Rarely has a foreign leader been so mocked on an official visit —
It is not simply the protesters, who are expected to dog Trump throughout his visit, including his weekend in
Trump may have ruffled feathers again when he said just before departing for
He has clashed in the past with May — even though she is a fellow conservative who shares his view that defense spending should be hiked — and with her predecessor, David Cameron, who challenged Trump’s anti-Muslim campaign stance as “divisive, stupid and wrong.”
Labour Party legislator Paul Flynn, who has criticized Trump in Parliament, says Trump has outraged Britons — and people around the world — with his harsh treatment of immigrants.
“Give us your weary and your oppressed and we’ll divide you from your children,” he said of Trump’s policies. “It seems so
Trump angered May and many Britons by tweeting inflammatory and unverified videos made by Britain First, an anti-Muslim group whose leaders have been convicted of hate crimes, and by characterizing parts of
His “America First” policies, including the decision to pull
Top it off with the introduction of trade policies that have targeted some European industries — even though European nations are longtime friends accustomed to easy trade with
Trump has been quick to criticize British society, telling an NRA convention in May that the British didn’t have guns but had so much knife crime that one hospital was like a military war zone with its floors awash with blood — a statement quickly rebutted by British physicians and politicians.
The antipathy between Trump and segments of the British public started during the 2016 presidential campaign, when Trump called for a temporary ban on Muslims entering
British law requires any petition supported by more than 100,000 people to be considered for parliamentary debate, even though there was no serious attempt to prohibit Trump from coming to Britain. Still, lawmakers had no qualms about publicly calling Trump a demagogue and a fool. It was an extraordinary rebuke from a close ally.
Prime Minister May has abundant reasons to seek a close relationship with Trump — not least,
May reached out to him just days after Trump was inaugurated, extending the invitation for a coveted state visit that would be hosted by Queen Elizabeth II, but that gesture has proved far more controversial than expected as Trump has shown little interest in maintaining “diplomacy as usual” with European allies.
The state visit has never actually been scheduled — there is fierce opposition to it in many quarters of Britain — and this trip is part of a working visit instead, meaning among things that Trump will overnight at Winfield House, the
Winfield House has one of the largest private gardens in greater