Donald Trump and Melania arrive at Theresa May's banquet amid protests

Donald Trump and Melania arrive at Theresa May's banquet amid protests

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Mr Ruddy said: 'Trump will think the baby balloon is about him so it's probably a positive thing.

Trump's calls prompted leaders to call an emergency meeting at the summit Thursday, which delayed a session during which North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders had meant to discuss the Afghan conflict.

The state visit has never been scheduled - there is fierce opposition to it in many quarters of Britain - and this trip is part of a working visit instead, meaning, among other things, that Trump will overnight at Winfield House, the USA ambassador's handsome residence near Regents Park rather than in Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle as a guest of the queen.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip May greet Trump and First Lady Melania at Blenheim Palace.

Donald Trump has claimed that his stance on immigration means people in the United Kingdom "like him a lot", ahead of his first official visit to the UK.

Mr Trump arrived just under an hour later than planned after he insisted Britons "like me a lot" and "agree with me on immigration" in an impromptu press conference before leaving Brussels.

Scottish ministers face calls to ban Donald Trump from using a government-owned airport as part of the US President's visit to the UK.

The president is expected to avoid areas where major demonstrations are planned in protest at his visit.

Johnson has been a repeated defender of Trump and the president suggested earlier this week that he may meet with the former foreign secretary during his trip, despite his resignation.

May hopes Trump, who landed at Stansted airport before flying by helicopter to the US ambassador's London residence, will help to accelerate a future free trade deal, though his public comments on Brexit cast a shadow over the visit.

Later in the day, Mr Trump will travel to Blenheim Palace, the 18th-century stately home where Britain's World War II leader Winston Churchill was born and spent most of his childhood.

There is more to the 20-feet high balloon caricature - which depicts the leader as an angry infant wearing a nappy and clutching a mobile phone - than mockery, demonstrator Sheila Menon said.

Unlike visits from previous presidents, he won't be spending much time in London after his arrival. While saying that he didn't have any message or advice, he added: "I would say Brexit is Brexit..."

But Police Scotland said it could not grant permission for the balloon due to the tight security surrounding the President's visit, which includes air space restrictions around Turnberry.

The leaders will then hold talks at the PM's residence of Chequers.

Later, Trump will go to Windsor Castle for tea with 92-year-old Queen Elizabeth.

On Saturday he will fly up to Scotland to play golf at one of his resorts and his son Eric landed in the family's "Trump Force One" private jet at Aberdeen, before flying to Helsinki to meet Vladimir Putin on Monday.

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