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Saturday, 18 May 2024 – 10:41

Recapping President Trump’s Visit To The UK

On Wednesday, US president Donald Trump concluded his three day visit to the UK, where he met with the British royal family and members of the UK Parliament to attempt to strengthen the relationship between the two countries.

Before arriving, and throughout the trip, Trump continued his habit of tweeting out insults at people that have criticized him recently, with many of them being directed at London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, who has often criticized the actions Trump has taken while president. The day Trump arrived, Khan had made a video where he addressed many of the issues he has with Trump and why what he stands for clashes with those of London and its people. 

Trump’s visit on Monday consisted of meeting with the queen for lunch and to exchange pleasantries at Buckingham Palace, in addition to having tea with the Prince of Wales and his wife at their house, Clarence House.

On Tuesday, Trump met with outgoing prime minister Theresa May and other members of the UK government to discuss trade agreements between the US and the UK, and where Brexit might leave the two countries economically. Both May and Trump took questions from the press regarding future relations between the two countries and Trump said that the NHS would be on the table for possible trade deals, but later during an interview with Piers Morgan, Trump said that that in fact the NHS is not on the table when it comes to trade deals.

For his final day in the UK, Trump took part in the 75th anniversary of D-Day, honoring the veterans who served, both living and dead. Before leaving the British isles, Trump went to visit the prime minister of Ireland, Leo Varadkar, along with the Irish town of Doonbeg, where one of his gulf courses is situated. 

While in Britain, thousands protested Trump’s visit, with protesters marching through the streets from London’s Trafalgar Square to Parliament Square, carrying along a 20-foot blimp depicting Trump as a baby, which was deflated by a supporter of the president on Tuesday. Despite the large crowds protesting Trump and his family as they visited the UK, there were also plenty of people cheering in support of the president, which are most of what he appears to have seen, as when asked about the protests in London, Trump commented that he had only seen large crowds in support of him, and few if any opposing his visit.


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