LONDON ― President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump touch down in London on Thursday for a working visit, and while his meeting schedule will keep him nearly exclusively outside of the capital, she will be spending some time in town.
The US president and First Lady Melania Trump were given a rep carpet reception at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, where the prime minister pressed her case for an ambitious new trade deal after Brexit.
Widespread protests of Trump are expected during his visit to the United Kingdom, which comes during a tumultuous week for May's government as it seeks to navigate the Brexit process.
The U.S. Embassy in London alerted American citizens there to "exercise caution" and "keep a low profile". "It's about lifting the spirits of the nation and it's already doing that, you know, it's just putting smiles on the faces of people who had started to despair about the state of politics".
"I would have done it much differently", Trump said of May's Brexit plan.
Meanwhile, other activists in London have been quickly raising money to launch their own balloon of Khan, in protest of crime levels in the capital.
"Now more than ever we have a responsibility to stand up for our values and ensure our voice is heard around the world", he wrote in London's Evening Standard newspaper.
"I'm going to a pretty hot spot right now, right?"
Trump's trip coincides with a tumultuous week for May after two senior ministers resigned in protest at her plans for trade with the European Union after Britain leaves next March.
While the many thousands are expected to line the streets and protest against Trump, politicians have become involved too.
Trump and May met in England on Thursday to discuss a host of bilateral issues, including what a US-UK trade deal would look like following Britain's eventual departure from the EU.
The US Ambassador to London, Woody Johnson, insisted last week that Trump's itinerary was not intentionally designed for him to avoid encountering throngs of protesters.
Johnson added that the President "appreciates free speech" and that he was "very focused on the special relationship" between the United States and the UK.
We're more than used to our best sports-stars and celebrities being picked up as "British" in the English media when they're on the rise, and "Irish" when they're underperforming or in trouble.
Before leaving, Trump spent day two of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit renewing his call for member states to spend more - this time up to 4 percent of their gross domestic product - on defense.