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Trump makes Brexit deal 'priority' ahead of United Kingdom trip

09 July 2018

The president then plans to head to Windsor Castle to meet Queen Elizabeth II before moving to Scotland for the weekend.

He will only spend a single night in London on Thursday - the day he arrives in the country and attends a gala dinner at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire - staying at the USA ambassador's official residence in Regent's Park, Winfield House.

They will then travel to Chequers, the Prime Minister's official country retreat, for bilateral talks on foreign policy, to be followed by a news conference.

The President and the First Lady will then spend the night at Winfield House, the USA ambassador's residence in central London. "We have ad hoc committees from every department - whether it's treasury, finance, trade - are looking at how to put that together really rapidly and efficiently".

Mr Trump's trip is classed as an official visit, rather than the full-scale state visit, hosted by the queen, for which May invited Mr Trump soon after his January 2017 inauguration.

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Among the forms of protest: A balloon depicting Mr. Trump as a baby wearing a diaper is expected to be flown over London while he is visiting.

The divisive American leader, arriving after a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, will be largely away from London during a tour expected to bring at least tens of thousands of people onto British streets.

The next morning, the President and the Prime Minister will visit a defense site to witness a military demonstration and integrated UK-US military training.

Mrs May's spokeswoman said the balloon was a matter for the Greater London Authority but said: "As with any protest, we are a free and open democracy and we believe in the right to peaceful protest".

Apart from Lyndon Johnson, Elizabeth has met every USA leader since Harry S. Truman but no other United States presidential encounter has generated the same level of opposition and controversy in Britain as Trump's trip.

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The president will tour some of England's most impressive historic buildings before heading to Scotland, where he's expected to spend time on the golf course.

After he was invited past year, more than 1.86 million people signed a petition saying Trump should not be given a state visit because it could embarrass the queen. The Oxfordshire country house was the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, who was "passionate" about the bond between the United States and United Kingdom and coined the phrase "special relationship", he explained.

The powwow between the two leaders, whose countries are the closest of allies, will come three days before Mr. Trump's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.

"The President is not avoiding anything", he told journalists.

The former ambassador told Tom Swarbrick that the visit takes an agenda "designed to appeal to what they think Donald Trump will like".

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Asked whether Mr. Trump would be playing golf in Scotland, Mr. Johnson said the president's schedule was still being planned.

Trump makes Brexit deal 'priority' ahead of United Kingdom trip