Donald Trump: US President to avoid London on controversial United Kingdom visit

Trump critics in London have funded a giant balloon depicting the President as a snarling baby

Mr Trump will then rejoin Melania, who is being hosted by Mrs May's husband Philip on a separate schedule that morning, for their visit to meet the Queen at Windsor.

He said Mr Trump and Mrs May have "a good relationship" and would discuss a wide range of topics at Chequers.

Trump is scheduled to arrive on Thursday to have dinner with May at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire - the birthplace of Winston Churchill - before retiring for the night at the US Ambassador's House in Regent's Park, London.

Then the two leaders will meet again the next day for bilateral talks.

U.S. Ambassador to Britain Woody Johnson painted trade as a potential bright spot in the strong "special relationship" between Britain and the United States, which he said Trump meant to strengthen.

The move is likely to enrage critics of the president, who are planning a series of protests in London over the duration of his visit, which will see him meet Theresa May and the Queen among others.

But after a lot of backlash from MPs and more than one million people signing a petition against the trip, a date has still not been set for the state visit.

"It's just been announced: Donald Trump is coming to Britain on a state visit later this year", reads a Facebook event description for a protest planned Friday and Saturday that has more than 58,000 RSVPing to attend.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who has been criticised by Trump for his handling of the aftermath of terror attacks in Britain, gave the go-ahead on Thursday for the giant blimp to be flown near the British parliament.

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The prime minister is not expected to travel to Scotland during Mr Trump's visit, which comes at a critical point for the government, with Brexit fast approaching and ambitions to strike a trade deal with the US.

He denied that Trump was spending little time in central London to avoid demonstrators.

The White House and Trump's British hosts are opting to go big on pomp and tradition, and mostly skip the current circumstances - namely, the mass demonstration against the USA president planned for next Friday in central London. He owns two golf courses there, Trump Aberdeen and Trump Turnberry.

"Look, we see protesters every day standing out front of the White House", deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley told reporters earlier this week.

Next Friday evening, Mr. Trump will depart for Scotland, where Mr. Johnson said he would spend the weekend preparing for the meeting with Mr. Putin.

"The president is not avoiding anything", the ambassador said.

Mr Johnson said trade would be high on the agenda for bilateral talks between Mr Trump and Mrs May at Chequers next Friday.

Mr Trump - who will arrive with wife Melania on Thursday after a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit - will spend a relaxing weekend there to bring the trip to a close. In a crowdfunding request, they wrote that they want the balloon to shadow the president, "haunting the skies - and hopefully the dreams - of the stain on the office of President that is Donald Trump Senior".

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