Donald Trump visit to United Kingdom 'in turmoil' inspires baby blimp protest

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Reporter: How do you feel about the planned protests of your visit in the United Kingdom?

Americans in London have been warned to "keep a low profile" during the trip, while a crowd-funded "Trump Baby" blimp has been cleared for take-off on Friday morning outside Parliament House.

US President Donald Trump has landed on Air Force One at Stansted Airport on the first day of his visit to the UK.

Matthew Butcher, an anti-Trump campaigner and one of the "babysitters" of the balloon, said: "I think that the thing that the Trump balloon does is that it brings an element of fun to the protests, but it also gets under Donald Trump's very thin skin".

Asked about his views on the UK's plans for Brexit, Trump said: 'I would say Brexit is Brexit.

"So I would imagine that's what they will do, but maybe they will take a little bit of a different route".

But the president will avoid London nearly entirely during his trip, which has been characterised as an attempt to avoid humiliation over the planned protests surrounding his visit.

"I'm excited to welcome the President of the United States", says Drew, who's 21.

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Trump has always been a Brexit supporter and has expressed enthusiasm for a wide-ranging trade deal with Britain after it leaves the European Union, something heralded by eurosceptics as being one of the great benefits of exiting the bloc.

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Trump's trip is part of a working visit and not a state visit, an invitation to which was extended to him personally by May just days after his inauguration.

The bulk of the activity will take place in London, where people plan to gather first in Regent's Park outside of the US ambassador's house on Thursday and again across central London for a series of protests throughout the day on Friday.

A small demonstration is expected to take place near Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire on Thursday, the venue for Trump's black-tie dinner with Prime Minister Theresa May.

A high fence has been erected around the United States ambassador's central London residence where Trump will spend Thursday night and the embassy has sent out an alert warning Americans in London to keep a low profile in case protests turn violent.

On Friday, Trump will meet May and her newly appointed Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt at the prime minister's countryside retreat, Chequers.

Trump will then spend a private weekend in Scotland with his wife, where he owns two golf resorts.

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