Donald Trump 'set to meet the Queen' when he visits the UK on 13 July. The trip is only being billed as a "flying visit" rather than an official state one, which would have seen Mr Trump hosted by the Queen. But he is expected to meet Her Majesty either at Balmoral or Windsor. Trump and Theresa May enjoyed a cosy meeting at the White House shortly after his inauguration. Following the visit Mrs May promised Mr Trump a lavish state visit but following outrage and threats of protests that offer has been kicked into the long grass. Trump was previously expected to make a working visit in February, to cut the ribbon on the new US Embassy in London. He pulled the plug on the trip, claiming it was because the Embassy had got a "bad deal" on the new building. But, sources suggested the US leader has grown increasingly annoyed that “the red carpet treatment” was being scaled back as resentment against his arrival grew. Since their meeting in Washington the so-called special … [Read more...] about Donald Trump ‘set to meet the Queen’ when he visits the UK on Friday 13th July
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Donald Trump is coming to the UK for a three-day visit - but he won’t be staying with the Queen at Buckingham Palace. The US President and First Lady Melania Trump will visit the UK from June 3-5 in the run up to the D-Day anniversary commemorations, it was confirmed today. But refurbishment work at the Palace means there will not be enough room for the President and his entourage to stay there during the visit. A senior Palace source said: “As Buckingham Palace is undergoing a massive renovation it’s just not possible to accommodate President Trump, the First Lady and all his entourage. “The entire east wing of the Palace is under reconstruction. Thousands of pieces of pieces from the royal collection have been removed and major plumbing and electrical works are taking place. “The Belgian Suite, where former President Barack Obama stayed and which is not in the part of the east wing is not closed but the logistics for having people all spread out over … [Read more...] about Donald Trump WON’T be allowed to stay at Buckingham Palace during UK state visit
It may once, but oh so briefly, have seemed like a good idea to invite Donald Trump to Britain. But for Theresa May it all turned into a wrecking visit by the ally from hell. To make things worse, it was entirely her own fault. And yet, strange though it is to relate, some good may unexpectedly have come from the Trump visit. The British government did its absolute best – given that the streets of the cities were full of protesters – to lay on a glittering welcome for Mr Trump this week. Blenheim, Sandhurst, Chequers, Windsor – you don’t get much more in the way of British establishment red carpet than that. But this reckoned without the Trump character and, more sinisterly, the Trump political project. The president undermined Mrs May before he even left America. He bullied and lied at the Nato summit in Brussels. He then gave an explosive and deliberately destabilising interview to Rupert Murdoch’s Sun on the very day of his arrival in Britain. This … [Read more...] about The Guardian view on Donald Trump in Britain: this was the visit from hell
Donald Trump has been formally accused of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, meaning a momentous vote on whether to impeach the US president could be around the corner. Democrats have announced the two articles of impeachment accusing Mr Trump of corrupting the election process and endangering national security. The White House said Mr Trump will address the two "baseless" impeachment charges Democrats presented on Tuesday during the US Senate trial phase of the proceedings. "The President will address these false charges in the Senate and expects to be fully exonerated, because he did nothing wrong," White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement. This would make Mr Trump only the fourth US president in history to face impeachment. The full House of Representatives is expected to vote on the charges, or articles of impeachment, next week. The chamber, controlled by Democrats, is almost certain to vote to impeach the Republican president, Reuters reportrs. … [Read more...] about Donald Trump impeachment: US President accused of ‘abuse of power’ in office
As the Tory Government collapses in front of our eyes, police across the country are preparing for potential chaos of a different kind. President Trump’s visit alone will require around 10,000 officers, borrowed from every force in the country. When JFK came in 1961, he was met with a cheering crowd of over half a million people. That’s before we had an unashamed racist in the White House. When Trump arrives on Friday tens of thousands will attend protests around the country. More worrying, we’ll see marches from his supporters amongst the far right with a track record of violence. This is a man, let’s not forget, who openly quoted far-right group Britain First; called for a total ban on all Muslims entering the United States which would have extended to our own Mayor of London; said all Haitain immigrants have AIDS; and reportedly said laziness is a trait in black people. As our brilliant, diverse football team has got within touching distance of the World Cup, … [Read more...] about Louise Haigh: Why should we pay for Donald Trump’s mini-break while police cuts leave us vulnerable to terror?