In Fiery Interview With British Tabloid, Trump Criticizes Prime Minister, London Mayor
- Author: Leroy Wright Jul 13, 2018,
Jul 13, 2018, 16:47
"We have a rich history in this country of having a sense of humour as well".
Dozens of protests have been organised across the country as organisers seek to mount a "carnival of resistance". Demonstrators, complete with floats, will march from the BBC building at Portland Place through Oxford Circus and Regent Street towards Trafalgar Square, where there will be a rally in evening.
Meanwhile, Theresa May's government is nervously anticipating disruption from the guest himself. However, that has angered hardliners in May's Cabinet and prompted high-level resignations in the past week, including the departure of Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who Trump called "a very talented guy".
Some critics of Mr Trump are calling for Mrs May to make a similar speech to that of Hugh Grant's PM in the press conference with Billy Bob Thornton's president, as an act of defiance. Coincidentally, Trump has chose to stay in London for only one night over his four-day visit, primarily avoiding the vibrant city.
The first part of the president's working visit will be a black-tie reception at Blenheim Palace, a stately home to the northeast of London where legendary Prime Minister Winston Churchill was born.
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 United States - and it is not surprising that Mr. Trump's itinerary will keep him out of central London on Friday, when large protests are planned.
But, while the balloon has led to significant media coverage in both the United Kingdom and the U.S., Ambassador Woody Johnson said in an interview with BBC Radio 4 that he sees the balloon as being out of touch with the broader views of the British public. Mass protests and processions are planned all through Friday at various locations in London, expected to attract almost 100,000 people. When Trump canceled his plans a few weeks before the big day, some - like London Mayor Sadiq Khan - speculated that the expected opposition scared off Trump and was happy about it.
Protest organisers say they plan to stage demonstrations in some 50 cities around the UK.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan during London Tech Week in London, on Monday.
But Trump has been far from gracious towards the Prime Minister since landing at Stansted on Thursday afternoon, claiming her hard-fought Brexit plan will "kill off" any hopes of doing business with the U.S. in an incendiary interview. The balloon, made by protesters, is set to fly this weekend during his stay in London and afterwards will be transported overnight to Scotland to fly at his Turnberry golf estate on Saturday, when he is scheduled to play there. Events will include "toss the welly at Trump" and a Trump coconut shy.
For protesters in Edinburgh they have a particularly varied day to look forward to.