By Nana Kwesi Coomson on June three, 2019
US President Donald Trump and First Woman Melania Trump have met the Queen on the first day of their state visit to the UK.
The pair went to Buckingham Palace for a personal lunch and welcome ceremony.
Mr and Mrs Trump laid a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier in Westminster Abbey and are as a result of attend a state banquet this night.
Minutes before arriving in the UK, Mr Trump criticised the Mayor of London, with whom he has clashed prior to now.
He tweeted that Sadiq Khan – who had earlier stated the UK ought to “not roll out the red carpet” for Mr Trump – was a “stone cold loser”, but the president added he was wanting forward to his visit.
Mr and Mrs Trump arrived on Air Drive One earlier on Monday and have been taken to the US ambassador’s house in central London, the place they are staying, before travelling to Buckingham Palace.
Protests are planned in several UK cities in the course of the three-day visit, including London, Manchester, Belfast, and Birmingham.
Talks between Mr Trump and outgoing Prime Minister Theresa Might will begin on Tuesday, with the pair expected to debate climate change and Chinese language know-how agency Huawei.
The president’s visit coincides with the commemorations for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, which the Queen, Mr Trump and different heads of state will attend at Portsmouth on Wednesday.
Crowds have been gathered outdoors Buckingham Palace because the president and first woman landed by helicopter shortly after midday.
After the personal lunch, the Queen confirmed the couple American artefacts and other gadgets from the Royal Collection. In a nod to the US leader’s Scottish heritage, he was shown a bolt of Harris tweed.
Mr and Mrs Trump have been then taken on a tour of Westminster Abbey, the place they laid a wreath at the grave of the unknown warrior. Later, they’ll be a part of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall for tea at Clarence Home.
Later, the Queen will host a state banquet at Buckingham Palace, additionally attended by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The Duchess of Sussex won’t attend following the start of her son Archie, who’s lower than a month previous. On Sunday, Mr Trump denied calling the duchess “nasty” despite him utilizing the word on tape.
As he stepped onto UK soil, Mr Trump was greeted by US Ambassador to the UK Woody Johnson and Overseas Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
Tory leadership candidate Mr Hunt, who has spoken concerning the significance of the UK’s relationship with the US, stated Mr Trump mentioned to him “some of his very strong views about the Mayor of London” which he had also tweeted.
Image copyrightGETTY IMAGESImage captionThe American national anthem was played and Mr Trump was invited to inspect the guard of honourImage copyrightAFPImage captionThe Queen confirmed US gadgets of the Royal Collection to the president and first woman
By James Landale, BBC diplomatic correspondent
The contrast couldn’t have been starker. The President of america acquired a heat welcome from the Queen and the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace, a 41-gun salute and an honour guard of younger Grenadiers resplendent in scarlet.
On the similar time Mr Trump launched a verbal attack on the mayor of the town during which he is now a guest, calling Sadiq Khan “a stone cold loser” for questioning why the President had been granted a state visit.
In fact, that is all of a bit for Mr Trump: he gets the photographs and the pageantry that he needs and will look good in his re-election marketing campaign subsequent yr, and he will get to select a battle with a liberal, Muslim politician that may play nicely together with his base.
Already this row is forcing these campaigning to be Britain’s prime minister to outline themselves towards Mr Trump.
Overseas Secretary Jeremy Hunt criticised Mr Khan for his “great discourtesy”. But Heath Secretary Matt Hancock stated the workplace of the Mayor of London must be respected in the same approach one respects the office of the president.
This visit has only just begun and already the Nice Disruptor is tweeting indignant thoughts and breaching diplomatic niceties. Enterprise as traditional, you may assume – solely immediately he additionally occurs to be a guest of the Queen, who not often tweets and is all the time diplomatic.
Mr Trump’s tweet accused Mr Khan of doing a “terrible job” as mayor, including: “[He] has been foolishly “nasty” to the visiting president of the USA, by far crucial ally of the UK. He is a stone chilly loser who should give attention to crime in London, not me.”
A spokesman for Mr Khan stated “childish insults” must be beneath the US president, adding: “Sadiq is representing the progressive values of London and our country, warning that Donald Trump is the most egregious example of a growing far-right threat around the globe.”
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn defended Mr Khan, tweeting: “Tomorrow’s protest against Donald Trump’s state visit is an opportunity to stand in solidarity with those he’s attacked in America, around the world and in our own country – including, just this morning, Sadiq Khan.”
Mr Khan was not the only target of the president’s tweets. Mr Trump also criticised CNN, complaining that it was the primary source of information from the US on his journey – but that he needed to flip off its “fake news” after a short while.
China, which is in an ongoing trade dispute with the US, additionally came beneath hearth. Mr Trump claimed that corporations are leaving China to be able to keep away from paying the tariffs and that the US is “taking billions”.
Although Mr Trump has spoken of his admiration for Mrs Might, there are expected to be differences of opinion throughout their talks, which start on Tuesday.
The prime minister will increase the difficulty of local weather change, with a government spokesman once more saying on Monday the UK was “disappointed by the US decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement in 2017”.
The two leaders are also expected to debate Huawei. The US has blacklisted the Chinese agency for security reasons, whereas the UK might permit it to provide “non-core” elements for its 5G community.
Before the visit, President Trump informed the Solar newspaper he was backing Conservative Celebration leadership contender Boris Johnson to be the subsequent UK prime minister.
He additionally advised the Sunday Occasions that Brexit Get together leader Nigel Farage – an arch critic of Mrs Might – ought to be concerned in the authorities’s negotiations to go away the EU.
At Monday night’s Buckingham Palace banquet, each the president and the Queen are expected to make a speech to visitors, who will embrace outstanding People dwelling in Britain.
Mr Corbyn, House of Commons Speaker John Bercow, and Liberal Democrat chief Sir Vince Cable are all boycotting the state banquet.
Followers and critics outdoors Buckingham Palace
By Hamish Mackay, BBC Information, outdoors Buckingham Palace
A lot has been made of the the US president’s high-tech limousine – generally known as The Beast – however it was within the Marine One helicopter that Donald Trump made his grand arrival at Buckingham Palace.
A quick stroll around the crowd outdoors the palace revealed the presence of supporters and detractors of Mr Trump – each equally robust in their views.
Phillip Butah, from Essex, sporting a MAGA hat and describing himself and his companion as “Trump activists”, says: “We are so happy that he’s here – this visit is long overdue.”
Requested what they anticipate the UK to get from this visit, they reply: “Trade deals”.
Corey Wright, a 25-year-old American from Ohio, in London as a tourist, sees the visit in an analogous mild.
“I think the visit is good for the political environment,” he says. “I think that needs to be worked on and that’s what he’s here to do.”
Auriel Granville – a climate activist from Wimbledon, south-west London, got here dressed as the Statue of Liberty to protest towards the president’s visit.
“I don’t assume he must be acquired in this means – local weather change ought to be prime of our agenda and Donald Trump is a local weather change denier.
“He’s not listening to scientists, who’re all saying it’s a end result of human exercise.
“We have a wonderful oasis of life on earth and we need to preserve it.”
Mr Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, arrived within the UK earlier than the president. On Sunday, she posted a picture from outdoors the Victoria and Albert Museum in west London the place she had visited the Christian Dior exhibition.
On Tuesday morning, President Trump and Mrs Might will host a enterprise breakfast at St James’s Palace.
President Trump will then visit Downing Road for additional talks with Mrs Might, adopted by a joint press convention.
Protesters are organising a “national demonstration” which can start at Trafalgar Square at 11:00 on Tuesday.
The Met Police stated it had “a very experienced command team” main the operation to cope with the visit.
The police operation for the president’s visit final yr was estimated to have value almost £18m.
Though the Queen has met 12 of the 13 US presidents who have been in office throughout her reign, Mr Trump’s state visit to the UK is just the third by a US chief.
George W Bush and Barack Obama are the one other US presidents to have been given a state visit.
State visits differ from official visits and are normally at the invitation of the Queen, who acts on advice from the government. The Queen often receives one or two heads of state per yr and has hosted 112 of these visits since turning into monarch in 1952.