Trump Says Ireland Agrees with Him On Immigration

Trump Says Ireland Agrees with Him On Immigration

Shrugging off the plans for mass protests, which on Friday will include a giant baby-shaped blimp bearing Trump's features, he said in Brussels: "They like me a lot in the UK". While saying that he didn't have any message or advice, he added: "I would say Brexit is Brexit..."

Mr Smyth, who is originally from Ireland, said Trump fans had been given a bad rap, and there had been lots of support for the pub's temporary renaming.

May hopes Trump, who landed at Stansted airport before flying by helicopter to the USA ambassador's London residence, will help to accelerate a future free trade deal, though his public comments on Brexit cast a shadow over the visit.

"The people voted to break it up, so I imagine that's what they'll do".

When asked about the demonstrations, he replied: "It's fine".

On Friday he will visit PM Theresa May at Chequers, set to be followed by a meeting with Her Majesty The Queen at Windsor Castle. A YouGov poll on Wednesday showed 77 percent had an unfavorable opinion of the president and just 50 percent thought his visit should go ahead.

Last month, Labour member of Parliament Gavin Shuker ran down a list of objections to Trump: the separation of migrant families and detention of children; the USA departure from the United Nations' Human Rights Council; the US president's praise for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The poll conducted this week said 63% found Trump racist, and 74% said he was sexist.

Similar protests are planned on Thursday evening outside the USA ambassador's home at Regent's Park and in Scotland when Mr Trump visits on Saturday.

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Nona Hurkmans, one of the activists behind the infantile inflatable of Trump, said the balloon was a fair response to Trump's own behavior and downplayed claims that Trump deserved more respect.

Johnson added that the President "appreciates free speech" and that he was "very focused on the special relationship" between the USA and the UK.

But Brexit champion Nigel Farage predicted there would be a "real clash" on Brexit.

During the dinner, Mrs May said: "Mr President, Sir Winston Churchill once said that "to have the United States at our side was, to me, the greatest joy".

Trump flew in after a fraught North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels where he piled pressure on allies to double their defense spending.

After the visit, Trump will decamp to Finland for a one-on-one with Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 16.

May is hoping that Trump's trip will create closer ties and help forge a future free trade deal for once Britain leaves the EU.

May's proposal was finalized Friday and quickly sparked a slew of high-profile political resignations from her Cabinet, including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Brexit Secretary David Davis, over concerns the plans would leave the United Kingdom too closely linked to the EU.

There are also plans for protestors to gather close to the United States ambassador's residence in Regent's Park, where Trump and his wife, Melania, will stay overnight on Thursday.

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