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Donald Trump UK visit HIGHLIGHTS: ‘The way EU takes advantage of US is a disgrace,’ says US President

Donald Trump UK visit HIGHLIGHTS: Trump is on his first official visit to the UK this week where he attended a dinner at the Blenheim Palace hosted by PM Theresa May along with other members of the.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 13, 2018 10:30:22 pm

US President Donald Trump is on his first official visit to the UK this week. On the first day of his visit, Trump and first lady Melania Trump were invited as guests for a royal dinner at the Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire by PM Theresa May.

Apart from a gala welcome, the US president was greeted by some protests as well. Thousands of protesters took to streets to demonstrate against Trump’s administration policies. Though he brushed off the protests, saying “I think they like me a lot in the UK. I think they like me a lot in the UK I think they agree with me on immigration. I’m very strong on immigration.”

Blasting the British PM on Brexit, Trump said a free trade deal with Britain might be impossible if London went ahead with May’s proposals for post-Brexit ties with the European Union, in damaging remarks that could widen domestic criticism of her plans.

The US president is also to meet the Queen at Windsor Castle on Friday afternoon.

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The US president is set to meet the Queen at Windsor Castle on Friday. He arrived in London with the first lady Melania Trump on Thursday afternoon. Follow the latest news below.

22:27 (IST) 13 Jul 2018
Trump and first lady take tour of the Grand Corridor

During his visit to the Windsor Castle, Donald Trump and Melania Trump take a tour of the Grand Corridor at Windsor Castle on Friday. 

22:12 (IST) 13 Jul 2018
Trump and the Queen inspect the Coldstream Guards

US President Donald Trump and Britain's Queen Elizabeth inspect the Coldstream Guards during a visit to Windsor Castle in Windsor

22:07 (IST) 13 Jul 2018
Coldstream Guards play the US national anthem at Windsor Castle

U.S. President Donald Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump listen to the Coldstream Guards, play the US national anthem, with Britain's Queen Elizabeth, during a visit to Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain. 

22:04 (IST) 13 Jul 2018
Queen Elizabeth II greets President Donald Trump and Melania Trump

US President Donald Trump and first lady Melanie Trump are greeted by Queen Elizabeth II, during an arrival ceremony with the Guard of Honour at Windsor Castle in Windsor on Friday. 

After meeting with Theresa May, Donald Trump and the first lady pays a visit to the Queen for tea in the backdrop of protests in UK. 

22:02 (IST) 13 Jul 2018
In preparation of Queen Elizabeth II and Trump's arrival

The Guard of Honour at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England, prepares for the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II and U.S. President Donald Trump,

21:44 (IST) 13 Jul 2018
Trump says PM May found his advice over Brexit too brutal

On the issue of EU, May says lots of people giver her advice on how to negotiate with EU, "my job is to get out there and do it."

Reacting to the comment, Trump agrees to have given a suggestion to PM May on how to to negotiate with EU and acknowledges that the PM may have found his advice on Brexit too brutal.

"Maybe someday she will do what I suggested on Brexit," says Trump.

20:31 (IST) 13 Jul 2018
People in support and against Trump's visit clash with each other

People oppose, left, and in favor of the visit of  Donald Trump clash in London Friday. Trump's pomp-filled welcome to Britain was overshadowed Friday by an explosive interview in which he blasted Prime Minister Theresa May, blamed London's mayor for terror attacks against the city and argued that Europe was 'losing its culture' because of immigration.

20:02 (IST) 13 Jul 2018
Trump says, "I told The Sun such good things about Theresa May."

While discussing EU, Trump said in the press conference that the way EU takes advantage of US is a disgrace.

In relation to his interview with the Sun newspaper, Trump says that he told Sun such good things about Theresa May. "PM May is a very tough negotiator, I think she will do very well. I would rather have PM May as my friend than my enemey," says Trump, reported Reuters. 

19:54 (IST) 13 Jul 2018
Theresa May believes it is important that Trump goes into meeting with Putin

UK Prime Minister Theresa May says that US is looking at trade deals with US and other areas including Pacific too after Brexit. She further says that it is important that Trump goes into meeting with Putin from position of strength and unity in NATO, reported Reuters. 

'Russia-German pipeline will be discussed at EU and UK views will be made known there,' says the PM.  "We have stood shoulder-to-shoulder with United States in past and will show that further in future trade arrangements," says May. 

19:45 (IST) 13 Jul 2018
Trump hopes to have a "very good" relationship with Russia President Vladimir Putin

Russia was among the varied topics of discussion for which  May thanks Trump for his support is responding to the "appalling" use of a nerve agent in Salisbury.

Trump hopes to have a "very good" relationship with Russia's President Vladimir Putin and blames the "rigged witch hunt" in the US as the cause for strained relations with Russia.

Trump refers to Putin taking over Crimea during Obama administration and claims that, "Putin would not have done that if I was President then."

19:34 (IST) 13 Jul 2018
Demostrators continue to protests President's visit

While Trump and May hold their meeting, demonstrators protest against the visit of the US President holding banners, in Windsor.

19:22 (IST) 13 Jul 2018
"Iran must never possess a nuclear weapon,' says Trump

In a press conference, Theresa May say that discussion over Iran took place. Trump says that he agreed that Iran must never possess a nuclear weapon. "I encouraged PM May to sustain pressure on Iran," says Trump. 

"For generations, our predecessors have gathered at this stunning retreat to strengthen a bond that is like no other. The relationship between our two nations is indispensable because of liberty, justice and peace," says May. 

18:53 (IST) 13 Jul 2018
"The UK has left the EU but whatever you do is okay with us," says Trump

Addressing a press conference together, Trump says that 'our bond is like no other.' Trump further says that UK and US are bound together by a common language. 'We must never cease to be united,' says Trump, reported Reuters.  Discussions between Trump and May included Nuclear non-proliferation.

Further, Trump said that they had a productive NATO meeting and thanked May on a range of issues, UK's contribution to the common defence, her help in the pursuit of a nuclear-free North Korea and forpursuing fair and reciprocal trade with US.

He further says that they are working hard to get the Democrats to back border security and calls UK a "special place" and says "my mother was born here so it means something extra perhaps a lot extra to me."

18:14 (IST) 13 Jul 2018
While Trump meets May, Melania visits the Royal Hospital Chelsea

US First Lady Melania Trump and Philip May, the husband of British Prime Minister Theresa May wave each other's national flags during a visit to British military veterans known as "Chelsea Pensioners" at The Royal Hospital Chelsea in central London Friday, July 13, 2018. The pensioners, known for their scarlet coats and tricorne hats are a cherished British institution and are often seen parades, state events and other grand occasions.

17:54 (IST) 13 Jul 2018
Demonstrators protest against Trump's visit in central London

Demonstrators protest against the visit of Donald Trump, in central London. Trump's pomp-filled welcome to Britain was overshadowed Friday by an explosive interview in which he blasted Theresa May, blamed London's mayor for terror attacks against the city and argued that Europe was "losing its culture" because of immigration. 

17:15 (IST) 13 Jul 2018
Protesters raise slogans outside Windsor Castle

Meanwhile, a man who gave his name as Kevin (L) and was born in the USA but living in London for 21 years protests against the visit of Donald Trump outside Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain. 

17:02 (IST) 13 Jul 2018
"Will discuss the special relationship," says Theresa May

British Prime Minister Theresa May says that the two leaders will discuss the special relationship and opportunities of a trade deal with Donald Trump, reported Reuters.  

16:46 (IST) 13 Jul 2018
White House Staff and Secret Service arrive in US Marine Corps Osprey

A US Marine Corps Osprey sits in a field after carrying White House staff and Secret Service to a meeting between US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May at Chequers in Buckinghamshire.

16:31 (IST) 13 Jul 2018
Trump's baby blimp deflates

Demonstrators slowly deflate a blimp portraying U.S. President Donald Trump that had been floating over Parliament Square, during the visit by Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, in London.

16:21 (IST) 13 Jul 2018
"We really have a very good relationship," says Donald Trump

President Donald Trump commented on the US-UK relationship as 'very, very strong'.  The US President also laid down trade and military as the topic of their discussion for Friday, reported Reuters. 

16:11 (IST) 13 Jul 2018
Donald Trump and Theresa May meet in Buckinghamshire

US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa meet at Chequers in Buckinghamshire on Friday.

15:21 (IST) 13 Jul 2018
Theresa May's Brexit plan kills hope of a US trade deal, says Trump

President Donald Trump criticised British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit strategy and said that it had probably killed off the possibility of a US-British trade deal. The US President also alleged that the British PM had failed to take his advice into consideration as to how to negotiate with the European Union, reported Reuters. 

14:22 (IST) 13 Jul 2018
Trump baby blimp is up in the air

Protesters across UK have crowded under Trump's balloon depicting Donald Trump as a screaming baby. Protesters are overjoyed with the spectacle. Mia Parker, 50, from Pensacola Florida says she hopes the protest will encourage more people to get creative and organized in protesting Trump's policies, reported AP. 

Demonstrators float a blimp portraying US President Donald Trump, in Parliament Square, during the visit by Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in London, Britain July 13, 2018. (Reuters)

14:04 (IST) 13 Jul 2018

US President Donald Trump leaves the US Embassy with the ambassador to Britain, Robert Wood Johnson, London, Britain, July 13, 2018. (Reuters)

14:00 (IST) 13 Jul 2018
British Finance Minister hopeful of a positive discussion on future trade between Trump and May.

As per a Reuters report, British Finance Minister Philip Hammond, on Friday said, 'The president hasn't yet had a chance to discuss with the prime minister the white paper, which was after all only published yesterday, and I know she's looking forward to the opportunity to discuss with the president how we can take forward the big opportunities for increasing trade and investment between the UK and the United States that she mentioned last night during the dinner at Blenheim,'

13:39 (IST) 13 Jul 2018
Demonstrators plan to mock Trump with giant orange baby balloon

Demonstrators inflate a blimp portraying U.S. President Donald Trump, in Parliament Square, during the visit by Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in London, Britain July 13, 2018.  (Reuters)

13:29 (IST) 13 Jul 2018

Police officers talk to demonstrators preparing to protest in Parliament Square, during the visit by U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in London, Britain July 13, 2018. (Reuters)

12:44 (IST) 13 Jul 2018
London mayor hits back at Trump

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said it was 'preposterous' for the US President to blame a rise in crime in London on immigration.'The idea that you can blame this on immigration from Africa is I think preposterous and we should call him out when he does so,' Khan told BBC radio on Friday.Defending his decisions to allow 'Baby Trump ballon' to fly over Westminster, he said: "Can you imagine if we limited freedom of speech because someone might get hurt?”

12:32 (IST) 13 Jul 2018

12:06 (IST) 13 Jul 2018
Prime Minister May looks forward to speak with Trump about Brexit

British Prime Minister Theresa May is looking forward to sitting down with Donald Trump to talk him through her Brexit negotiations, her spokesperson said on Friday to Reuters.Earlier, the US President criticised the UK PM policies on Brexit.

10:45 (IST) 13 Jul 2018
Donald Trump UK visit- Day 2 schedule

According to Leading Britains Conversation website, this is what the schedule for Donald Trump's second day in UK looks like.

Morning

The President and the Prime Minister will visit a defence site to witness a demonstration of the UK’s cutting-edge military capabilities and integrated UK-US military training. They will then travel to Chequers for bilateral talks on a range of foreign policy issues. This will include a working lunch.

Afternoon

Theresa May and Donald Trump will host a joint press conference.The President and First Lady will then travel to Windsor Castle to meet The Queen. The Queen and Mr Trump will inspect the Guard of Honour before watching the military march past. Mr and Mrs Trump will then join the Queen for tea at the Castle.

Evening

The Trumps will travel to Scotland, where they will spend the weekend. He will be welcomed by David Mundell, the Secretary of State for Scotland.

10:25 (IST) 13 Jul 2018
Donald Trump attacks London Mayor Sadiq Khan

In an interview with The Sun newspaper, President Trump revealed that he has been told about a 20-foot 'Trump baby'' balloon that will be flown above Parliament Square on Friday as protesters march. And that's why he doesn't feel welcome in London.Slamming the London mayor for giving permission to the protestor, he further said that Khan is responsible for the terror attacks on the British capital and that he has done a 'terrible job' standing up to terrorists.

10:06 (IST) 13 Jul 2018
Trump blasts UK PM May's Brexit plan

The US president in an interview with Britain's Sun newspaper slammed PM Theresa May's Brexit plan saying "If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the UK, so it will probably kill the deal."

May has earlier said that she does not believe her Brexit plans should rule out a trade deal with the United States.

09:59 (IST) 13 Jul 2018

From left, first lady Melania Trump, President Donald Trump, British Prime Minister Theresa May, and her husband Philip May, watch the arrival ceremony at Blenheim Palace, in Blenheim west of London, England, Thursday, July 12, 2018. (Will Oliver/Photo via AP)

09:54 (IST) 13 Jul 2018
Thousands of protestors assembled outside London to Protest against Trump's administrative policy.

People protest against the visit of U.S. President Donald Trump, in London, Thursday, July 12, 2018. (Image-AP)

21:14 (IST) 12 Jul 2018
Trump, May to visit defence site on Friday; both will travel to the PM's country home Chequers the same day

Britain

President Trump and Prime Minister Theresa May will on Friday visit a defence site to watch a demonstration of the UK’s military capabilities and “integrated US military training”. This will be followed by a visit to the Prime Minister’s country home Chequers for bilateral talks on a range of foreign policy issues including trade. (Image- Reuters)

20:10 (IST) 12 Jul 2018
President Trump will spend the night at Winfield House

The president and the first lady will then travel to Winfield House, the American ambassador’s residence in Regent’s Park. (Reuters)

20:06 (IST) 12 Jul 2018
Trump will be hosted by the UK PM Theresa May at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, Thursday evening

The US president arrived in London following a NATO summit in Brussels on Thursday. Trump will head straight to Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, where Theresa May will host him and his wife Melania for a black-tie dinner with 100 guests and ministers. The palace will witness a military ceremony at its Great Court, performed the bands of the Scots, Irish and Welsh guards. Representatives from the UK’s financial services, the travel industry, creative industry, food and drink sector, engineering, technology, pharmacy and defence sectors will be present at the dinner.  (Photo-AP)

20:02 (IST) 12 Jul 2018
US President touches down in Air Force One at London's Stansted Airport

US President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump being welcomed at the airport. (AP)

President Trump has arrived in the UK to meet Theresa May and the Queen on a three-day "working visit". Air Force One touched down at Stansted Airport shortly before 2 pm on Thursday. Trump is set to avoid London during his time in the UK as mass protests are expected against his “zero-tolerance” approach to immigration and divisive rhetoric. (AP Image)

Both the leaders are expected to hold talks on the military alliance between the two nations. (Source: AP/File)

This will be the US President's first official visit to the UK. Trump’s trip to the UK will be the 12th by a US president. This is a working, not a state visit. In 1977 Jimmy Carter was cheered by crowds when he came, while JFK was met by half a million people in 1961. In 2003, George Bush spent the night at Buckingham Palace, becoming the first president to do so since Woodrow Wilson in 1918. Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, was afforded a state visit to the UK in 2011 and also came on a further three occasions.

However, around 50,000 people are expected to descend on central London to demonstrate against Donald Trump when he arrives.