British prime minister Theresa May has pitched for a "unprecedented" free trade deal with the USA after Brexit with a promise to tear down "bureaucratic barriers" to trade as she hosted a lavish welcome dinner for President Donald Trump at the Blenheim Palace.
It is not simply the protesters, who are expected to dog Trump throughout his visit, including his weekend in Scotland, but his fraught relationship with political leaders accustomed to harmonious exchanges with USA leaders, a tradition of unity that goes back at least to the vital World War II partnership of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill.
It was London mayor Sadiq Khan who gave the go ahead for the orange balloon and he clashed on ITV's This Morning with host Piers Morgan.
"I used to love London as a city", Trump said. Speaking on the balloon he said: "I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to London".
Trump said Khan had done "a very bad job on terrorism" and said he had "not been hospitable to a government that is very important".
The "millions and millions of people" who are immigrating to Europe is "very, very sad", Trump said, telling The Sun that "allowing the immigration to take place in Europe is a shame".
As well as in London, protests are expected to take place in Bristol, Newcastle, Leeds, Cambridge and Cardiff after Trump arrives here on Thursday.
"I don't think that's the case, and I think that the mood last night at the Blenheim dinner was so fantastically positive it focussed a lot on trade".
Donald Trump issued scathing criticism of Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit strategy during his visit to Britain, as campaigners planned a mass protest against the U.S. president on Friday.
"I think he has done a very bad job on terrorism", Trump told the Sun.
Labour's shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry told Sky News she felt sorry for Mrs May, adding: "Donald Trump ought to have listened to his mother".
"If they do that, then their trade deal with the USA will probably not be made", Trump said. "With a lot of resignations", Trump told a news conference at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels.
I am just saying I think he would be a great Prime Minister. "I am very strong on immigration". The U.S. president is expected to attend a formal dinner at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire with the business leaders, along with the senior members of the cabinet.
May's proposal was finalized Friday and quickly sparked a slew of high-profile political resignations from her Cabinet, including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Brexit Secretary David Davis, over concerns the plans would leave the United Kingdom too closely linked to the EU. I am just saying I think he would be a great Prime Minister.
Brexit creates "an opportunity to reach a free-trade agreement that creates jobs and growth here in the U.K. and right across the United States", Ms.
But Downing Street hit back at his comments, stating the Chequers' plan will "absolutely deliver what the British people voted for, which is taking back control of laws, borders and money".
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders later told reporters Trump was "thankful for the wonderful welcome" he received in Britain.
Her authority as prime minister was severely weakened by the collapse in her parliamentary majority at the 2017 election, despite early polling suggesting she would win by a landslide.