LONDON – United States President Donald Trump has arrived in London on Monday for a three-day state visit of the United Kingdom during which he will meet the Royal Family and Prime Minister Theresa May.
The presidential aircraft, Air Force One, landed at 0755 GMT in Stansted airport, where Trump and first lady Melania Trump were met by UK Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt and US ambassador to UK Woody Johnson.
Trump and Hunt briefly spoke while the first lady, who was sporting sunglasses, a blue skirt suit and a shirt in the colors of the Union Jack – blue, white and red – was greeted by Johnson.
From the airport, the president boarded a US air force helicopter that took him to Winfield House, the residence of the US ambassador in Regent’s Park.
Minutes before landing, Trump sent out a tweet to London Mayor Sadiq Kahn, with whom he has had spats in the past, in response to comments he made to British media saying the UK should not “roll out the red carpet” for the US leader.
“@SadiqKhan, who by all accounts has done a terrible job as Mayor of London, has been foolishly ‘nasty’ to the visiting President of the United States, by far the most important ally of the United Kingdom. He is a stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London, not me...,” Trump said.
“Kahn reminds me very much of our very dumb and incompetent Mayor of NYC, de Blasio, who has also done a terrible job – only half his height. In any event, I look forward to being a great friend to the United Kingdom, and am looking very much forward to my visit. Landing now!” the US president continued.
The president’s visit is expected to be marred by mass protests set to grip the British capital.
Activists of the “Together against Trump” organizations will lead a demonstration on Tuesday starting at 1100 GMT in downtown Trafalgar Square.
Military honors at the Tower of London and Green Park will mark Trump’s arrival at the palace with a round of Royal Gun Salutes just before noon.
The 93-year-old queen will offer Trump and his wife Melania a brunch before taking them on a special tour of the palace’s Gallery which exhibits gems from the Royal Collection.
The US president will also lay a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Westminster Abbey alongside the Duke of York and after which Trump will be treated to tea at Prince Charles’ official residence, Clarence House.
This evening the Queen will host a banquet at the Royal Palace where both heads of state are expected to give speeches.