London awaits Trump's visit, braces for protests

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Air Force One lands at Stansted Airport.

Sarah Elliott, chairwoman of Republicans Overseas UK, told CNN she did not think Trump would be fazed by the stunt.

"They like me a lot in the UK", Trump told a news conference in Brussels, where he had spent the early part of the week shaking up NATO's annual summit, shortly before lifting off for London on Thursday.

President Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May, seen during a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels on Wednesday, will reconvene this week in the United Kingdom.

"It's an easy target, those people who are visibly different", they said.

There is more to the 20-feet high balloon caricature - which depicts the leader as an angry infant wearing a nappy and clutching a mobile phone - than mockery, demonstrator Sheila Menon said.

Trump has always been a Brexit supporter and has expressed enthusiasm for a wide-ranging trade deal with Britain after Brexit, something heralded by eurosceptics as being one of the great benefits of exiting the bloc. The protocol is that if embassy staff are warned internally about possible threats, then the American public must be as well, she said.

May is trying to unify her deeply divided Conservative Party behind her Brexit plans with some of her own lawmakers openly speaking of a leadership challenge.

"Our trade and investment relationship is unrivaled - we are the largest investors in each other's economies and every day a million British people go to work for US companies in the United Kingdom and a million Americans go to work for United Kingdom companies in the US", May said.

May said there is "no stronger alliance" than the special relationship between the two countries and "there will be no alliance more important in the years ahead".

Trump's trip is part of a working visit and not a state one. It was London mayor Sadiq Khan who gave the go ahead for the orange balloon and he clashed on ITV's This Morning with host Piers Morgan. "If a balloon flying over London makes people laugh, I think that's absolutely worth it", she says. While saying that he didn't have any message or advice, he added: "I would say Brexit is Brexit..."

The monarch regularly meets Presidents of the United States and their spouses at Windsor Castle, including Barack and Michelle Obama, George W. Bush and Laura Bush, and Ronald and Nancy Reagan.

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 the USA - and it is not surprising that Trump's itinerary will keep him out of central London on Friday, when large protests are planned.

Potentially tens of thousands are expected to march to a rally in Trafalgar Square on Friday afternoon, organized by the "Stop Trump Coalition".

It was announced last week that Trump will spend just one night in the capital.

A giant baby Trump blimp is set to fly over London during the United States president's visit to the UK.

The two leaders will hold talks the following day at Chequers, the 16-century manor house which is the prime minister's official country residence.

The declaration was unusual given the topic being discussed was whether the President would support a Hard Brexit for the UK.

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