Trump to avoid London protests with tour of English country homes

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Trump will only spend Thursday, the night of his arrival, at the U.S. ambassador's official residence in Regent's Park, Winfield House, The Guardian reported, citing a schedule released by Downing Street.

'It offers a more informal setting for important bilateral discussions'.

An itinerary released by Downing Street sees President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arriving in London early Thursday afternoon after attending a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels.

U.S. Ambassador to Britain Woody Johnson painted trade as a potential bright spot in the strong "special relationship" between Britain and the United States, which he said Trump meant to strengthen.

Trump and his wife Melania will arrive on Thursday afternoon and head to a dinner hosted by Theresa May at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire.

He will be greeted with military pomp, including a welcome by bands of the Irish, Scots and Welsh Guards.

Trump's postprandial departure will be accompanied by the Royal Regiment of Scotland playing the bagpipes, a tip of the hat perhaps to Trump's Scottish-German heritage.

"They will be discussing that issue - the relationship with Russian Federation - at the meeting at Chequers", Mr. Johnson said, referring to the prime minister's ceremonial country estate in Ellesborough, about 45 miles northwest of London. Mr. Trump will then travel to Windsor Castle to meet Queen Elizabeth II.

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On the final leg of the tour, the couple will fly to Scotland, where they plan to spend the weekend.

BBC diplomatic correspondent James Robbins described the trip as "the most controversial visit ever made by an American president to Britain". But the US President will spend hardly any time in London, minimizing the risk of awkward encounters with angry protesters.

The visit, which coincides with Theresa May's second anniversary as Prime Minister, is expected to be met by protests, including the flying of a blimp depicting the 45th president of the United States as an angry orange baby over London.

But after a lot of backlash from MPs and more than one million people signing a petition against the trip, a date has still not been set for the state visit. White House aide Steve Bannon, who is likely to be in London during the state visit, and former UKIP leader Nigel Farage, have been invited to the event.

With Mr Trump expected to travel to Scotland to visit his golf courses next week, Ms Sturgeon used a speech in London to stress the need for clean energy.

Despite a series of diplomatic spats with Washington since Trump's election, the British government is keen to strike a trade deal with the United States but the visit is likely to feature major protests against the U.S. leader.

Meanwhile, the president also won't be stopping by the city of Sheffield in the Midlands, where Lord Mayor Magid Magid put on a sombrero while announcing that Trump was a "wasteman" - British slang for someone with no merit, The Hill reported.

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