US President Donald Trump is due in Britain for talks with the United States’ closest partner in Europe and tea with Queen Elizabeth.
Amidst Britain in turmoil of what he has portrayed as the UK’s disturbance over Brexit.
Straight from a NATO summit where Trump criticized Germany and other European countries for neglecting to contribute enough to barrier spending, British Prime Minister Theresa May is trusting his visit will support the close ties between their two countries and help develop and manufacture unhindered commerce, and free trade.
Trump’s trip coincides with a tumultuous week for May after two senior ministers resigned in protest at her plans for trade with the European Union after Britain leaves next March.
The president has already waded into the debate, saying Britain was “in somewhat turmoil” and that it was up to the people if she stayed in power.
He also said he might speak to Boris Johnson, who quit as foreign secretary over May’s plans for a business-friendly Brexit which was only agreed by her cabinet last Friday after two years of wrangling.
Trump has long been a supporter of Brexit and has expressed enthusiasm for a wide-ranging trade deal with Britain after it leaves the EU, something heralded by Brexit supporters as being one of the great benefits of exiting the bloc.
“Our trade and investment relationship is unrivaled – we are the largest investors in each other’s economies and every day a million
British people go to work for US companies in the UK and a million Americans go to work for UK companies in the US,” May added.
“This week we have an opportunity to deepen this unique trading relationship and begin discussions about how we will forge a strengthened, ambitious and future-proof trade partnership.”
Trump Balloon in the UK
However, despite the welcome from May, many Britons remain deeply opposed to Trump’s visit. A YouGov poll on Wednesday showed 77 percent of Britons had an unfavorable opinion of the president and just 50 percent thought his visit should go ahead.
More than 50,000 people have signed up to demonstrate in London on Friday when protesters intend to fly a large balloon over parliament portraying Trump as an orange, snarling baby.