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Donald Trump arrives in the UK amid protests


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Hundreds of protesters are gathering in multiple locations across England following the arrival of US President Donald Trump.

Mr Trump is on his first working visit to the country and will meet Prime Minister, Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth II during his trip.

Demonstrators have lined the streets outside Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire where Mr Trump and his wife Melania are attending a black tie dinner.

But it is unlikely the Trumps even saw them. Arriving via helicopter the couple were then driven by presidential limousine onto the property, where they were welcomed by Ms May and her husband Philip.

Demonstrators protest near the US ambassador's residence in London. (Photo: Reuters/Simon Dawson)

The couples then enjoyed a performance by a large British military marching band wearing traditional bearskin hats.

Among the crowd of protesters outside American man Martin Williams, who works at Oxford University, called Mr Trump a dictator.

"He's a racist that's taken over my country. He's a wannabe dictator. He is imprisoning children and tearing them away from their families. I mean, the list goes on," he said.

"He is destroying all the norms of what used to be a great democracy in America and so I'm really concerned about my country and I'm here now and so this is where I have the chance to protest him."

Donald Trump shakes hands with Theresa May

However, Mr Trump declared the British people like him a lot, as he began his first official visit to the country.

Mr Trump has already caused additional controversy, by again commenting on the vexed debate about how Brexit should be implemented.

"The people voted to break it up but maybe they're taking a little bit of a different route, so I don't know if that's what they voted for," he said.

A group of protesters hold up signs outside Winfield House.

Mr Trump will meet the Queen at Windsor later today and will spend the weekend at one of his golf resorts in Scotland.

The biggest protests are set for Friday, when demonstrators plan to march through central London and float a huge balloon depicting Mr Trump as a baby in diapers over the Houses of Parliament.

The National Police Chiefs Council said rest days for officers had been cancelled and many would be working 12-hour shifts during Mr Trump's visit.

Mock up image of Trump Baby blimp flying over UK Parliament.



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