Trump lands in 'hot spot' Britain for four-day trip

US President Trump touched down in London for a four-day trip around Britain after meeting Nato leaders in Brussels.
United States President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, being greeted by an honour guard of Royal Air Force personnel after disembarking Air Force One at Stansted Airport. Many Britons were opposed to his visit, and police are expecting more than
United States President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, being greeted by an honour guard of Royal Air Force personnel after disembarking Air Force One at Stansted Airport. Many Britons were opposed to his visit, and police are expecting more than 100 protests across Britain.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

LONDON • United States President Donald Trump landed in Britain yesterday to start a four-day trip to a country he has described as a "hot spot" that is in turmoil due to a political crisis over its decision to leave the European Union.

"I'm going to a pretty hot spot right now, right? With a lot of resignations," Mr Trump told a news conference at the Nato summit in Brussels.

His arrival comes shortly after his comments on Brexit the same day the British government unveils its Brexit blueprint. He said: "The people voted to break it up, so I imagine that's what they'll do. But maybe they're taking a little bit of a different route, so I don't know if that's what they voted for."

Despite the welcome from British Prime Minister Theresa May, many Britons are opposed to Mr Trump's visit. A YouGov poll on Wednesday showed that 77 per cent had an unfavourable opinion of the US President and only 50 per cent thought his visit should go ahead.

"I think they like me a lot in the UK," Mr Trump had said in Brussels.

Police are expecting more than 100 protests across the country, including two large demonstrations in London today.

Mr Trump was slated to travel to Blenheim Palace yesterday, the 18th-century stately home where Britain's World War II leader Winston Churchill was born. Later today, he will have tea with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle.

He will leave Britain on Sunday, after a trip to Scotland where he owns two golf courses.

REUTERS

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