Af­ter NATO chaos, Trump ar­rives in Bri­tain

The Norwalk Hour - - OBITUARIES/NEWS -

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump traded one hot spot for an­other Thurs­day, leav­ing be­hind a con­tentious NATO gath­er­ing in Brus­sels and mov­ing on to Bri­tain, where he found a govern­ment in tur­moil and siz­able protests shad­ow­ing his every move. All was serene, how­ever, dur­ing a lav­ish evening wel­come cer­e­mony at Blen­heim Palace.

Hun­dreds of demon­stra­tors chanted out­side the U.S. am­bas­sador’s res­i­dence where Trump was stay­ing on the out­skirts of Lon­don, pro­vid­ing a pre­view of the force­ful protests ex­pected dur­ing his two­day Bri­tish stay.

Trump was whisked away to an oa­sis of warm greet­ings at a black-tie re­cep­tion at Blen­heim, birth­place of Win­ston Churchill, the larger-thanlife Bri­tish leader cited by the pres­i­dent as a model of lead­er­ship. That was just one of sev­eral he­li­copter rides on the agenda for Trump, whose staff 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 U.K.

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. Their signs read: “Dump Trump,” ”Lock Him Up,“”There Will Be Hell Toupee.” Po­lice worked over­time, their days off can­celled.

Trump was greeted at the palace by Bri­tish Prime Min­ster Theresa May, whose govern­ment has been rocked by res­ig­na­tions from on­go­ing tu­mult over Brexit, the na­tion’s con­tentious vote to leave the Euro­pean Union.

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Pro­test­ers chant and wave plac­ards dur­ing a demon­stra­tion out­side Win­field House, the Lon­don res­i­dence of U.S. am­bas­sador Woody John­son, where Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and First Lady Me­la­nia Trump stayed Thurs­day night.

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Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May talks with Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump as they walk into Blen­heim Palace, Ox­ford­shire, where May hosted a din­ner as part of Trump’s visit to the United King­dom on Thurs­day.

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