Trump begins UK state visit in wake of controversial comments
Donald Trump, President of the United States, has arrived for his first official state visit to the UK where he will be hosted by the royal family and politicians.
Despite inviting controversy from many corners, his visit is officially regarded as an important part of international diplomacy as well as an opportunity to advance Britain’s national interests.
The three-day visit will include numerous events such as a state banquet, hosted by the Queen, and a business breakfast hosted by the prime minister and Trump.
On the final day of his visit, Trump is expected to attend a national commemorative event for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
Talks between Trump and Theresa May are expected to include topics such as climate change and Chinese technology firm Huawei.
Trump's visit comes in the wake of his previous comments on British politics, including criticism of May for allowing the EU “to have all the cards” during Brexit negotiations.
Following Nigel Farage’s success in the European elections, where he gained 32 per cent of the vote with his Brexit Party, Trump praised his “big victory”.
He described Farage and Boris Johnson, one of the contenders in the Conservative party leadership race, as both being “friends of mine” and “big powers”, adding that they had “done a good job”.
This morning, Trump also called London mayor Sadiq Khan a “stone cold loser” in response to his critique of the president’s visit.
The last time Trump visited the UK, on a working visit in 2018, tens of thousands of people gathered in central London to protest against him.
Campaigners have suggested similar protests will take place during this state visit.
However, supporters of Trump expect a counter-protest with “thousands of people” to take place in response.