Donald Trump visit: What the U.S. president has said about the UK

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The president is scheduled to meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth during his visit. A giant balloon of Trump as a baby will spend two hours floating over London's historic Parliament Square, close to the houses of parliament, after the mayor of London gave permission to an activist who raised £17,000 ($23,000) for the cause.

He said it was an example of why universal healthcare should not reach U.S. shores.

The security operation is estimated to cost between £8m and £10m and will put police under "unquestionable pressure", according to Police Federation chairman Simon Kempton, who said operations were likely to become "merely reactive" during the visit.

"It is in the interests of the U.K.to stand up and take a firm moral stance", said Zoe Gardner, a researcher and spokesperson of the Stop Trump Coalition, which is organizing protests this week in cities across the country.

After arriving on Thursday afternoon, president Trump and the First Lady will travel straight to Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire for a black-tie dinner with Theresa May and 100 guests and ministers.

Trump heads to Britain just days after several high-level cabinet ministers, including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, resigned over Brexit negotiations. "And I've spent the last eight months going all around the country, meeting people and getting their point of view of all kinds of people whether it's politicians or people working in factories.I don't feel that at all". That led roughly half a million people to sign a petition calling for Trump to be banned from entering the UK.

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"He's been very, very nice to me, very supportive", he said.

In June, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis wrote to his British counterpart Gavin Williamson warning that if the United Kingdom wants "to remain the US partner of choice", it should spend more on defense and noted that France is increasing military spending.

Nearly all of Trump's activities will be outside the city: He'll meet the Queen at Windsor Castle, not Buckingham Palace.

Similar protests are planned on Thursday evening outside the United States ambassador's home at Regent's Park and in Scotland when Mr Trump visits on Saturday.

On Sunday he moves on to Helsinki to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin for long-awaited talks on neutral territory.

Ahead of Mr Trump's visit, Mrs May said: "As two nations - we are safer, more prosperous and more creative when we work together and I am looking forward to this week's important discussions".

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