Trump cre­ates chaos in Lon­don

The Observer - - WORLD -


US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump re­ceived a pomp-filled wel­come cer­e­mony in Lon­don, which was soon over­shad­owed by an in­ter­view in which he blasted Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May and ar­gued that Europe was “los­ing its cul­ture” be­cause of im­mi­gra­tion. Mr Trump told The Sun news­pa­per he felt un­wel­come be­cause of protests, in­clud­ing plans to fly a blimp over Par­lia­ment that de­picts him as an an­gry baby in a di­a­per. Mr Trump, in the in­ter­view given be­fore he left the NATO meet­ing in Brus­sels for the UK, ac­cused Ms May of ru­in­ing what her coun­try stands to gain from the Brexit vote to leave the EU. He said Ms May’s “soft” blue­print for the UK’s fu­ture deal­ings with the EU would prob­a­bly “kill” any fu­ture trade deals with the US. “The deal she is strik­ing is a much dif­fer­ent deal than the one the peo­ple voted on,” Mr Trump said. He also said Ms May had ig­nored ad­vice he had shared with her dur­ing Bri­tain’s ne­go­ti­a­tions with the EU. The Pres­i­dent also claimed Europe was “los­ing its cul­ture” be­cause of im­mi­gra­tion from the Mid­dle East and Africa. “Al­low­ing the im­mi­gra­tion to take place in Europe is a sham,” he said. He also crit­i­cised Lon­don Mayor Sadiq Khan. Mr Khan, who is a Mus­lim, had given protesters per­mis­sion to fly the Trump baby blimp. Such protests made Mr Trump feel un­wel­come, he told the news­pa­per. De­tails from Mr Trump’s in­ter­view be­came pub­lic as he and the First Lady were at­tend­ing a black-tie din­ner with Ms May. It was held at Blen­heim Palace, the birth­place of Sir Win­ston Churchill. On Thurs­day night, hun­dreds of de­mon­stra­tors chanted out­side the US am­bas­sador’s res­i­dence where Mr Trump was stay­ing on the out­skirts of Lon­don, pro­vid­ing a pre­view of the force­ful protests ex­pected on Fri­day. Mr Trump’s Marine One de­par­ture from the am­bas­sador’s res­i­dence was met by jeers from de­mon­stra­tors bang­ing pots and pans, and an­other pack of protesters lined roads near the palace. Some of their signs read “Dump Trump,” “Lock Him Up” and “There Will Be Hell Toupee.” Po­lice worked over­time, their days off can­celled. Mr Trump’s staff have opted to keep him largely out of cen­tral Lon­don and the swarms of de­mon­stra­tors who are likely to pro­vide some of the defin­ing im­ages of his first of­fi­cial trip to the UK.

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