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Trump and Melania meet the Queen at Buckingham Palace

Donald Trump has today placed a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey on the first day of his state visit to Britain.

The US President’s tribute ahead of the 75th anniversary of D-Day came after lunch with the Queen, Prince Charles and other senior royals at Buckingham Palace where Her Majesty also gave him a personal tour of her art collection.

Prince Harry, whose wife Meghan Markle stayed at home to look after their baby son Archie, entered the room with Mr Trump’s daughter Ivanka but chose to at the opposite end of the room to the US President and his wife Melania. 

Mr Trump and his wife Melania landed at Her Majesty’s central London home while his visibly excited daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner peered from a window as he landed and thousands gathered on The Mall outside.  

Mr Trump exchanged an unusual handshake with the Queen, who smiled broadly at the foreign head of state as he appeared to grip her fingers with his – rather than hold the whole hand – with some claiming it looked like a casual fist-bump. 

Hundreds of thousands of anti-Trump protesters have promised to bring London to a standstill – but they have so far failed to materialise as 20,000 police officers swamped the capital’s centre.  

A smiling Queen welcomes Donald Trump for lunch at Buckingham Palace with other senior royals including her son Charles and grandson Harry

Her Majest gives the US President a big grin and was heard telling his wife Melania how nice it was to see her again

The Queen, President Trump and Melania laugh as Prince Charles and his wife Camilla chat on the Buckingham Palace stairs

President Donald Trump and Prince Charles inspect the Guard of Honour at Buckingham Palace carried out by the Grenadier Guards

Melania smiles as the Queen and Mr Trump discuss her collection of art, literature and other items shown the US President today

The Queen gave Mr Trump and his wife a personal tour of the Buckingham Palace Picture Gallery pointing out artefacts in her possession including some with links to America and items like tartan, beloved of Mr Trump’s Scottish mother

Prince Harry also attended the lunch. It is not known who he sat next to but he did not pose with Mr Trump or his family as they toured the palace

Prince Andrew, Duke of York (far left) with US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior during their visit to Westminster Abbey

The President’s packed timetable for the first day of his three-day UK trip 

9am: Air Force One lands at Stansted Airport.

9.40am: Mr Trump and Melania flown by helicopter to US Ambassador’s residence in Regent’s Park: Winfield House.

Midday: The President and First Lady arrived at Buckingham Palace where the Queen met them. She held a lunch and gave a tour. Prince Harry was also there – but his wife Meghan stayed at home caring for baby Archie.

3pm: The couple drove to Westminster Abbey  where they put down a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior – and enjoyed a tour of the historic church.

4pm: Prince Charles will then host them at Clarence House for a 15-minute meeting before heading back to Winfield House.

7.30pm: President Trump and his family will fly back to Buckingham Palace for the state banquet with the event last until around 11pm. 

Marine One was set down on the lawn of Buckingham Palace and Prince Charles met Mr Trump as a Royal Salute of cannons was fired in neighbouring Green Park and further away at the Tower of London on the banks of the Thames. 

After a private lunch, the Queen led President Trump into the palace’s picture gallery to view an exhibition of American artefacts and other items from the Royal Collection. With the US leader’s Scottish heritage, a bolt of Harris tweed was pointed out to him and the monarch rubbed her fingers to indicate its soft texture. 

The Prince of Wales took the President to meet the smiling Queen before she welcomed First Lady Melania, who was accompanied by Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. 

This morning Mr Trump landed in London for his long-awaited state visit and his first act on British soil was to launch a Twitter assault on Sadiq Khan calling the London Mayor ‘dumb’, ‘nasty’ and ‘a stone cold loser’. 

The President eviscerated Mr Khan on social media as Air Force One landed at Stansted Airport this morning saying he has ‘done a terrible job as Mayor of London’ and ‘should focus on crime in London, not me’.  

Mr Trump had already weighed in on Brexit, the Tory leadership battle and his security concerns over Huawei as he took off from America and used his arrival in the UK to vent his fury over Mr Khan’s description of him as a ’21st century fascist’.

He ridiculed 5ft 6ins Mr Khan for being ‘short’ and compared him to 6ft 5ins New York counterpart Bill de Blasio saying: ‘Khan reminds me very much of our very dumb and incompetent Mayor of NYC, de Blasio – who has also done a terrible job’.

As his jumbo jet came into Stansted, Mr Trump took to social media and said: ‘Sadiq Khan, who by all accounts has done a terrible job as Mayor of London, has been foolishly ‘nasty’ to the visiting President of the United States, by far the most important ally of the United Kingdom. He is a stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London, not me’.

He added: ‘Khan reminds me very much of our very dumb and incompetent Mayor of NYC, de Blasio, who has also done a terrible job – only half his height. In any event, I look forward to being a great friend to the United Kingdom, and am looking very much forward to my visit. Landing now’.     

President Trump and the First Lady sing the American national anthem at the first event of his three-day tour of Britain at invitation of the Queen

President Trump chats with Her Majesty and makes her smile ahead of their private lunch and tour of the palace this afternoon

Mr Trump encourages the Queen to enter the palace before him and Melania ahead of a private lunch and tour

The Queen squinted in the London sun as she spoke to her daughter-in-law Camilla with Melania on her right hand side

Melania and Camilla grab their hats as a gust of wind hits them during today’s welcome ceremony but the Queen was unmoved

Melania wore a white dress and hat with navy blue collar and ribbon with matching shoes while the Queen wore a jade coat, dress with matching jewellery 

Melania smiles as she speaks to Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, who walked her to meet the Queen

The Queen stands between President Trump and Melania Trump as the US national anthem was played during the ceremonial welcome

Mr Trump is only the third US President to enjoy the pageantry of a State Visit, only offered to Britain’s most powerful allies

Above the crowds a team of police spotters and snipers stand on the roof of Buckingham Palace, which Mr Trump will visit twice today

The helicopter carrying President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump lands in the garden of Buckingham Palace for lunch

The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery fires a 41 Gun Royal Salute marking U.S President Donald Trump’s arrival in Green Park

US President Donald Trump inspects an honour guard by the Grenadier Guards during a welcome ceremony at Buckingham Palace 

Mr Trump speaks to the soldiers who sweltered in bearskins worn by Britain’s Grenadier Guards at all times of the year

Mr Trump’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner watched from the Palace balcony as the plane came in alongside the wife of US Ambassador Woody Johnson, Suzanne Ircha

Prince Charles decided to wait for the President in the garden and shook his hand warmly as he welcomed him to the royal palace – one of two visits planned today

Prince Charles walked Mr Trump across the grass followed by Melania who was accompanied by Camilla,the  Duchess of Cornwall

Mr Trump and his wife walk on to the immaculate Buckingham Palace lawn on a fine summer’s day in London today

The helicopter hovers into the garden of Her Majesty’s central London palace as royals including Prince Charles watched

Jared Kushner, right, and Ivanka Trump, second right, watch from a window before a ceremonial welcome in the garden of Buckingham Palace. US Ambassador Woody Johnson can we seen on the left in sunglasses with US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (second from far left wearing a red tie)

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall waited patiently for the president and his wife to disembark from the helicopter before greeting him.

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Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, and his wife Camilla welcomed the Trumps as they walked down the steps of their helicopter.

Royal gun salutes were fired from nearby Green Park and from the Tower of London as part of the pageantry accompanying an official state visit, one of the highest honours Britain can bestow on a foreign leader. 

After meeting the Queen the US national anthem was played and the president  inspected the Guard of Honour formed by the Grenadier Guards wearing their traditional bearskin hats.

The ceremony took place under clear blue skies on the spacious garden next to the 775-room palace that is the official residence of the Queen, who hosted a private lunch attended by senior royals including Prince Harry – who was there without Meghan.

Climate change could be discussed, especially with Harry and his father in the room. Trump has already said he plans to tackle the topic of climate change with Charles. 

The Queen will give the Trumps a tour of a special exhibition of items of historical significance to the United States from the Royal Collection.

After he visits Westminster Abbey with the Duke of York, the Queen will then be honouring the president with a lavish banquet this evening.

She will exchange gifts with the Trumps, and in the evening deliver a speech and propose a toast to the president at the banquet, as is the custom.

Charles and Camilla escorted the US leader and the First Lady the short distance to the palace’s west terrace where the Queen was waiting.

Normally state visits see leading figures from national like the prime minister and Commissioner of the Met Police introduced to the visiting foreign leader, but it was just the three senior royals taking part in the ceremonial welcome.

The booming sounds of a double gun salute in nearby Green Park echoed around the palace grounds.

Soldiers from the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery led 71 horses, pulling six First World War-era 13-pounder field guns, into place, to fire 82 blank artillery rounds at 10-second intervals.

The first 41-gun salute honoured Mr Trump’s state visit.

The second round of 41 shots were staged to mark the 66th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation on Sunday.

The military’s celebration of the 1953 coronation was delayed until Monday as gun salutes are never fired on a Sunday.

With a 103-gun salute – 41 for the president and 62 for the coronation anniversary – also staged at the Tower of London, the British Army fired 185 guns in total for the historic double ceremonial salute.

The Trump state visit is the 112th of the Queen’s reign.

Crowds outside the palace watched with camera phones held high as Marine One made its way towards the back lawn.

Mr Trump took his time as he inspected the Guard of Honour, formed by Nijmegen Company Grenadier Guards.

He walked ahead of Charles and strolled alongside Captain of the Guard Hamish Hardy.

The president stopped to chat to a number of the soldiers – who were dresses in red tunics and bearskin hats – at length.

When the royal party and their guests stepped from the palace the American national anthem was played and Mr Trump was invited to inspect the guard of honour.

Charles accompanied the president as he strode onto the lawns to inspect the waiting troops formed up in two lines with the guardsmen wearing their famous scarlet tunics and bearskins.

Among the soldiers, who when not performing ceremonial duties are fighting servicemen, was Guardsman Joshua Young-Hastings from Wandsworth, south London.

He was the tallest soldier in the guard of honour and played American Football for the London Warriors before joining the Army.

The guardsman was scouted for a professional career with America’s National Football League and was awarded a half scholarship with a Texas university but chose the Grenadier Guards over a sporting career.

Jeremy Hunt was waiting for the President at Stansted and revealed Mr Trump talked to him about Sadiq Khan as he got off the plane. The Foreign Secretary said: ‘Let’s just say he [Mr Khan] won’t be getting an invite to the White House any time soon’. 

The Trumps stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Queen on the second occasion he has met the monarch in the UK

Mr Trump enjoyed a guard of honour on day one of his visit to Britain, which is coinciding with the 75th anniversary of D-Day

Mr Trump walked ahead of Charles and strolled alongside Captain of the Guard Hamish Hardy

A playful Prince Charles adjusts the uniform of one of the soldiers as an officer introduces Mr Trump to his men and women

The ceremonial welcome for the President took palce today with Prince Charles in the garden of Buckingham Palace

The President and Charles inspect an honour guard by the Grenadier Guards during a welcome ceremony this afternoon

The US President inspects the honour guard at the palace today on the first day of his three-day state visit to Britain

The Queen smiles as Mr Trump speaks to her and his wife Ivanka stands alongside them at Buckingham Palace today

The VIPs line up as the The Star-Spangled Banner plays where Mr Trump and Melania hold their hands to their hearts as the royals listened somberly

Mr Trump’s mother was Scottish and he has spoken many times about his admiration for the Queen and Britain

The Queen led Mr Trump and his wife up to the stage for the national anthem as Charles and Camilla chatted with a smile

Camilla spoke at length to the First Lady and both were wearing white, although Melania had blue detailing on her hat and dress

American servicemen and secret service agents watch as Mr Trump walks with Charles as Camilla welcomes Melania

President Donald Trump is greeted by Prince Charles on arrival at Buckingham Palace this afternoon

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall wait next to Marine One as U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive

Marine One sits in the pristine grounds of Buckingham Palace as Mr Trump prepares to disembark

The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery fires a 41 Gun Royal Salute marking U.S President Donald Trump’s arrival in Green Park

An excited Ivanka Trump – one of the US President’s four children to join him on the trip – looks out on the crowds at Buckingham Palace today with her husband Jared, an adviser to the President

Mr Trump’s large entourage including his security team watch as the President speaks to British royalty in London today

Huge crowds watched as Marine One jetted across the gates of Green Park into the grounds of Buckingham Palace

The aircraft carrying the President from the US Ambassador’s residence landed on the east side of the palace as police on the ground and on the roof watched 

Prince Charles was the first royal to welcome Mr Trump, waiting on the palace balcony as Mr Trump came into land in the Queen’s giant garden

Part of the President’s motorcade armed with sophisticated telecommunications equipment and frequency jammers drives to Buckingham Palace

Crowds wait on The Mall outside Buckingham Palace ahead of Mr Trump’s lunch with the Queen and other royals

President Trump’s giant motorcade followed the helicopter through central London’s roads, closed for Mr Trump’s visit

The US President is in the UK for three days where the Queen will throw a state banquet at Buckingham Palace in his honour tonight after he meets Her Majesty for lunch and Prince Charles and his wife Camilla for tea later this afternoon. 

Prince Harry will also attend the private lunch at the palace – although his wife Meghan Markle, who is on maternity leave, will be at home with their four-week-old son, Archie. 

Trump’s hot-button issues as he arrives in Britain 

  • Brexit

Donald Trump called on Britain to leave the European Union without a deal if Brussels refuses to meet its demands, as he urged the Government to send Nigel Farage into the negotiations. 

In an interview before he flew to Britain, the US President said the UK should quit the EU without an agreement if Brussels refused to meet its demands.

He said Britain had to ‘get the deal closed’ and leave, and even suggested leaving without paying the £39billion divorce bill.

‘If they don’t get what they want, I would walk away,’ he told the Sunday Times. ‘If I were them I wouldn’t pay $50billion.’

  • Boris Johnson 

Donald Trump threw a hand grenade into the Tory leadership race by heaping praise on Boris Johnson.

The US president said he liked the former Foreign Secretary and thought he would do ‘a very good job’ as Prime Minister.

Although the comments fall short of an official endorsement, it sparked a huge row on the eve of Mr Trump’s state visit to the UK.

Asked about Mr Johnson and the Tory leadership race, the President said: ‘It’s something that I find very interesting.

‘I actually have studied it very hard. I know the different players. But I think Boris would do a very good job. I think he would be excellent.’

He added: ‘I like him. I have always liked him. I don’t know that he is going to be chosen, but I think he is a very good guy, a very talented person. He has been very positive about me and our country.’

  • Huawei   

Mr Trump warned Theresa May not to let Chinese mobile giant Huawei have any role in Britain’s 5G network in an interview published hours before arriving in the UK.

Mr Trump said: ‘We work very closely with your country and so you have to be very careful.’

The President will ban Huawei from America’s next mobile network and is urging allies to do the same.

  • Sadiq Khan

Donald Trump today mocked London Mayor Sadiq Khan for being a ‘stone cold loser’ as the US President arrived in Britain for his three-day state visit.

In return the mayor’s office immediately fired back, saying Mr Trump was offering ‘childish insults which should be beneath the President of the United States’.

Mr Trump said Mr Khan had done a ‘terrible job’, hitting back after the mayor compared the language used by him to that of ‘fascists of the 20th century’.

A war of words has erupted over the past 24 hours after Mr Khan described Mr Trump as ‘just one of the most egregious examples of a growing global threat’.

The US President and Mr Khan have repeatedly clashed in recent years, including Mr Trump criticising the mayor’s response to the 2017 London Bridge terror attack.  

His visit will be met by large protests with hundreds of thousands of people set to hit the streets and Mayor Khan agreeing to let agitators fly two blimps lampooning Mr Trump: One showing his as a 20ft baby and the other as a robot in a gold toilet. 

The President had already wasted no time in spelling out his views on the special relationship, backing a No Deal Brexit while praising Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage and calling for the Brexit Party leader to be sent to Brussels to re-negotiate the deal that cost Theresa May her job.

Jacob Rees-Mogg was the first to react to Trump calling Khan a ‘stone cold loser’ and said: ‘I think it’s perfectly reasonable of the President of the United States. I think that Mr Khan demeans the office and demeans the nation. I am backing Mr Trump in this row’.

Mr Trump arrived on Air Force One at Stansted Airport, waving as he walked down the steps from the front of the jet, accompanied by the First Lady who wore a blue pencil skirt and blazer, dark sunglasses and heels.

An array of US military helicopters arrived around an hour ahead of the President’s white and blue plane, which bears the US flag on the tail fin and the words United States of America.

There was a visible armed police presence around the airport and police vehicles parked alongside the runway.

Today the US President and First Lady Melania will first head to Buckingham Palace for lunch with the Queen – and will return this evening for the state banquet, which is being boycotted by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. In between they will visit Westminster Abbey and also go for tea with Prince Charles at Clarence House.

Mr Trump used his time at Winfield House before meeting the Queen to watch television and tweet about two familiar targets – “fake news” Bioreports and China.

He wrote: “China is subsidizing its product in order that it can continue to be sold in the USA. Many firms are leaving China for other countries, including the United States, in order to avoid paying the Tariffs. No visible increase in costs or inflation, but U.S. is taking Billions!”

And 30 minutes later, he wrote: “Just arrived in the United Kingdom. The only problem is that @Bioreports is the primary source of news available from the U.S. After watching it for a short while, I turned it off. All negative & so much Fake News, very bad for U.S. Big ratings drop. Why doesn’t owner @ATT do something?’

Sadiq Khan has hit back and said that Mr Trump’s comments were ‘beneath’ a world leader.

His spokesmam said: ‘This is much more serious than childish insults which should be beneath the President of the United States.

‘Sadiq is representing the progressive values of London and our country, warning that Donald Trump is the most egregious example of a growing far-right threat around the globe, which is putting at risk the basic values that have defined our liberal democracies for more than 70 years.’

Jeremy Hunt, commenting on Donald Trump’s tweet that labelled London Mayor Sadiq Khan a ‘stone cold loser’, said: ‘The president does what the president does but let’s ask why he was so angry when he did that tweet and I think the very simple reason is he’s been shown great discourtesy.’

The Foreign Secretary continued: ‘What I would say is for Sadiq Khan and the Labour Party to be boycotting the state visit of the President of the United States, who has been invited here not by Theresa May but by Her Majesty the Queen to celebrate a relationship that goes back centuries but just 75 years ago saw a million American servicemen on our soil land ready to make the ultimate sacrifice for our liberty, is I’m afraid, virtue-signalling of the worst kind.’

US President Donald Trump grabs the hand of his wife Melania as they touched down in Britain – seconds after his first act was to tweet a scathing criticism of Sadiq Khan’s record as London Mayor

Donald Trump’s first tweet on British soil was to tear into Sadiq Khan calling him a ‘stone cold loser’

Donald Trump stands alongside his wife on the steps of Air Force One and waves as he landed in the UK today

The Presidential couple were buffeted by the wind as they disembarked their jet into the morning sunshine at Staansted 

Mr Trump salutes servicemen and women who formed a guard of honour as he walked from his jumbo jet to his helicopter

President Trump’s three-day state visit will include lunch with the Queen, and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings

Mr Trump rests his hand on his wife’s back as an American serviceman – one of a huge number of US soldiers and staff in Britain for the visit – salutes

Marine One is seen in the air after US President Donald Trump lands, whisking him into Central London for the first day of his visit

Marine One is followed by a sister craft above the glorious British countryside heading for a meeting with the US Ambassador Woody Johnson

Marine One lands in the grounds of the US Ambassador’s London mansion, Winfield House, where Trump is staying

A huge team of British police and American officers and secret service agents watch from the roof of Winfield House, where the US President will stay for three days

Full details of Trump’s state visit to Britain have now been revealed, including all the royals he will meet over the three days

Scotland Yard has shut down the roads surrounding Buckingham Palace, Parliament Square and St James Park so Mr Trump can travel between venues 

Trump compares Mayor Khan to ‘the man who ruined New York’, Bill de Blasio

President Donald Trump has compared London Mayor Sadiq Khan to his giant New York counterpart Bill de Blasio as he touched down in Britain today.

Mr de Blasio is well known in America for his extreme left-wing views and has come under fire since being elected Mayor of the Big Apple in 2014.

He is loathed by the NY police department for his policies on crime. 

Residents of New York also blame the mayor for a deteriorating standard of life in the city with increasing levels of petty crime, homelessness and dirty subways. 

Like Khan, Mr de Blasio also has a hate-hate relationship with the president.

De Blasio, is also running for the Democratic nomination for president. He stands at 6’5′. Khan is 5’6′ tall (pictured together above).

Trump may have to beat de Blasio to win a second term as president and last month he called the NYC statesman as the ‘worst mayor’ in history in a video message recorded on Air Force One as he flew to New York for a high-priced Republican fundraiser.

He said: ‘I can’t believe it. I just heard that the worst mayor in the history of New York City and, without question, the worst mayor in the history of the United States is now running for president. It will never happen. I’m pretty good at predicting things like that. I would be very surprised to see him in there for a long period,’ Trump said in the video, recorded at his desk aboard the presidential airplane.

‘If you like high taxes and if you like crime you can vote for him. But most people aren’t into that. So I wish him luck but, really, it would be better off if you get back to New York City and did your job in the little time you have left.’

Responding to Mr Trump’s tweets about the Mayor of London, Labour MP Yvette Cooper tweeted: ‘So appalled Theresa May has given this man a red carpeted platform to do this.

‘Doesn’t help Britain to be lavishing pomp on a President so determined to be divisive, childish & destructive. Doesn’t help US or world to be gifting him a whole load of Royal photo ops to use next yr’

Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott added: ‘Ridiculous insults from Trump’.

Mr Trump departed from Joint Base Andrews near Washington DC aboard Air Force One last night and landed at Stansted at 9am before heading to the US Ambassador’s residence in Regent’s Park – Winfield House – his base for the next three days. 

On the streets of London hundreds of thousands of anti-Trump protesters have promised to bring the capital to a halt and will fly controversial blimps depicting him as a baby and a robot on a gold toilet.

20,000 police officers are being deployed to dozens of sites and central London is on lockdown in the largest security operation seen in the UK for years  – costing the taxpayer £18million. 

Protester Auriel Glanville dressed up in a costume she called “the statue of taking liberties”, outside Buckingham Palace.

The 76-year-old from London said: “Donald Trump is a climate change denier. He’s a very dangerous man.

“He’s not listening to any of the scientists or David Attenborough that climate change is being caused by human activity.”

She said she did not think it was right that Mr Trump was allowed to make a state visit, adding: “Climate change is at the top of the agenda and he’s not addressing that.”

Ms Glanville said she hopes Mr Trump’s meeting with the Prince of Wales later will be an opportunity to bring up the issue of climate change.

Mr Trump’s has hundreds of his own aides, secret service agents and a plethora of helicopters and military aircraft in the UK to protect him on the trip, also being attended by his children Donald Jr, Eric, Ivanka and Tiffany – but 13-year-old Barron is staying at home. 

The First Lady showed off a $4,400 Gucci shirt dress inspired by the UK capital as she boarded Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Sunday. 

Printed in bright pinks, greens and oranges are beloved London landmarks including Big Ben, Tower Bridge, double-decker buses and the Houses of Parliament.  

US President Donald Trump (CR) and US First Lady Melania Trump (CL) disembark Marine One at Winfield House, the residence of the US Ambassador in Regent’s Park, London

Mr Trump and his wife Melania flew overnight to the UK for the state visit – only the third afforded to a US President

Mr Trump had a huge array of helicopters and military hardware waiting for him at Stansted – sent in advance of the trip

The US commander-in-chief salutes the RAF servicemen and women waiting for him as he got off his jumbo jet

A smiling Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt smiles as he welcomes Mr Trump to Britain and revealed that the President used their short chat to blast Sadiq Khan

The US president (pictured landing in Britain today) said he expected his three-day state visit to be ‘very important’ and ‘very interesting’ as he left the White House 

Mr Trump waves to the waiting dignataries on the ground after the seven hour flight from Andrews Air Base to London

Air Force One carrying US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania touches down in Britain for the three-day visit

Air Force One touched down at 8.57am – three minutes ahead of schedule – as Mr Trump starts a whirlwind tour of the UK meeting most of the senior royals 

As he took off he mocked the height of Sadiq Khan as he took off for London from Washington last night after the city’s mayor called him ‘a 20th century fascist’. 

‘I don’t think much of him. He’s the twin of de Blasio except shorter,’ he told DailyMail.com on the South Lawn of the White House, in response to a question about whether he would be willing to meet with Khan during his UK State Visit.

Like Khan, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has a hate-hate relationship with the president. De Blasio, a towering hulk of a newly minted presidential candidate, stands at 6’5′. Khan is reportedly 5’6′ tall.

Trump strode to Marine One for his departure on Sunday night, ignoring a follow-up question about whether he would be willing to meet with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. 

Members of the The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery made their way past the front of Buckingham Palace and into Green Park ahead of firing Royal Salutes later. A military band is playing music on the palace forecourt, including the theme to the film Rocky.

Neil Clark, 39, from Woolwich in south London, joined a growing crowd outside Buckingham Palace awaiting the arrival of the president and described Mr Trump as ‘amazing’.

He said he was a ‘massive fan’, adding: ‘Just his character, the energy he has, the passion he has. He’s an amazing guy.’

Mr Clark described the prospect of protests against Mr Trump as ‘quite disrespectful’ and ‘quite shameful’. He described Mr Trump’s tweets about Sadiq Khan as ‘justified’.

Mr Trump’s arrival will coincide with mass protests in central London against the visit on Tuesday, with the ‘Trump baby’ blimp made for his visit last year due to put in an appearance. 

Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan said that Mr Trump’s welcome from protesters is ‘disrespectful and pathetic’ – especially as he is here to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day. 

He said: ‘There’s something a bit warped about our values – is Trump really worse than Putin and King Salman? The Americans fought and died alongside us on D Day.’  

Donald Trump’s giant motorcade arrives at Winfield House – but the President chose to travel into the British capital by helicopter

Royal fan Joseph Afrana celebrates the special relationship holds the countries’ flags outside Her Majesty’s London residence

An American agent retrieves a hat from the runway at Stansted Airport in Essex and hands it back to a RAF serviceman in the guard of honour

One of Donald Trump’s security team sprints across the Tarmac as the Air Force One comes into land at Stansted this morning

Some of the 20,000 Met police officers in the UK walk up The Mall towards Buckingham Palace this morning as streets across central London are closed down

An arrested man is taken head-first into a police van on Trafalgar Square as police stepped up security for the State Visit

On the ground Britain’s elite anti-terror units were stalking Stansted as part of Britain’s £18million security operation

Snipers and specialist police spotters stand on the roof of the airport preparing to protect Mr Trump on his three-day state visit

The protesters are planning to fly an offensive 20ft blimp depicting the President as an angry baby.

A 16ft talking robot of Mr Trump sitting on a gold toilet is also expected to make an appearance. It depicts the American leader with his trousers round his ankles while tweeting. 

Mr Trump has praised Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage, talked up the prospect of a Brexit trade deal and denied making ‘bad’ comments about the Duchess of Sussex as he set off for Britain.

The US president said he expected his three-day state visit to be ‘very important’ and ‘very interesting’ as he left the White House on Sunday evening.

Speaking to reporters over the din of his waiting Marine One helicopter, Mr Trump was asked if he planned to meet Mr Johnson during the trip.

‘Well, I think I may meet with him. He’s been a friend of mine. He’s been very nice. I have a very good relationship with him,’ the president said of the Tory leadership hopeful.

He went on: ‘I have a very good relationship with Nigel Farage, with many people over there (in the UK) and we’ll see what happens. I may meet with him. They want to meet. We’ll see what happens.’ 

A 20-foot-tall blimp depicting a cartoon baby Donald Trump flew in London during the president’s last visit and is expected to make another appearance this week

Protesters will also show off this giant robot of Donald Trump sitting on a gold toilet, which is being shipped to London from China; the 16-foot-high talking robot says well-known phrases like ‘stable genius’ and ‘no collusion’ while making fart noises

A detailed plan of what Mr Trump will do during his state visit to the UK. He is expected to meet the Queen, Theresa May, and attend a lavish state banquet at Buckingham Palace

Trump and first lady Melania waved as they boarded Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Sunday night; the president is going to London, France and Ireland

The first lady is seen above walking out of the White House to meet her husband on the South Lawn of the White House before their departure to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland

The first lady wore a Gucci dress designed as a tribute to the United Kingdom, with images of Big Ben and the British Parliament 

The president gives a thumbs up to reporters at Joint Base Andrews just before boarding Air Force One for Britain. President Trump appeared Sunday at a Virginia church with slicked back hair after a game of golf – sending social media into a frenzy over whether he is trying a new hairstyle

James O’Brien sells Donald Trump toilet paper in London, as part of the protests against Trump’s visit to the UK

Melania Trump pays tribute to D-Day veterans with a military themed £650 Burberry blouse

Mrs Trump’s Burberry pussy-bow blouse – which is in the colours of the Union Jack – comes in one of the label’s archive scarf prints, with ropes, red ribbon and military medals on on show

Melania Trump looked elegant in a navy ensemble as she and President Trump arrived in the UK for the start of their State Visit. 

The First Lady, 49, plumped for a classic knee-length pencil skirt and matching blazer as she stepped off Air Force One at Stansted Airport this morning.  

In an apparent nod to the upcoming D-Day anniversary, Mrs Trump paired the suit with a £650 ($820) Burberry blouse printed with military medals. 

President Trump reached for his wife’s hand as they crossed the runway and made their way to the waiting Marine One helicopter.

While the President and First lady are expected to be met by protests in central London, there was no sign of disruption on their arrival in Stansted Airport, which is roughly an hour’s drive from the capital.   

The First Lady found time for an outfit change on the overnight flight, after leaving the Andrews Air Force Base, in Maryland, in a £3,480 ($4,400) Gucci shirt dress. 

The designer frock was printed with a graphic illustration of the London skyline – complete with depictions of Tower Bridge and the Houses of Parliament. 

Mrs Trump continued her Britannia-themed wardrobe on arrival by plumping for the statement blouse by British heritage brand Burberry. 

The pussy-bow blouse – which is in the colours of the Union Jack – comes in one of the label’s archive scarf prints, with ropes, red ribbon and military medals on on show. 

Accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, the president arrived aboard Air Force One on Monday morning having already created a considerable degree of political turbulence with comments on the Tory leadership race, Brexit and the Duchess of Sussex.

Ahead of the visit, he called on Britain to leave the European Union without a deal if Brussels refuses to meet its demands and urged the Government to send Mr Farage into the negotiations.

The controversy was further exacerbated on Sunday when the US ambassador to the UK, Woody Johnson, suggested the NHS would be on the table in post-Brexit trade talks.

Addressing the prospect of a transatlantic trade deal, Mr Trump said: ‘(We’re) going to the UK. I think it’ll be very important. It certainly will be very interesting. There’s a lot going on in the UK. And I’m sure it’s going to work out very well for them.

‘As you know, they want to do trade with the United States, and I think there’s an opportunity for a very big trade deal at some point in the near future. And we’ll see how that works out.’

Accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, the president departed from Joint Base Andrews near Washington DC aboard Air Force One at around 8.45pm local time (1.45am BST).

The Trumps arrive at Stansted Airport on Monday morning before heading to Buckingham Palace for a reception with the Queen, Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.

The Duke of Sussex will also attend the private lunch at the palace – although his wife Meghan, who is on maternity leave, will be at home with their four-week-old son, Archie.

Mr Trump has already denied calling the Duchess of Sussex ‘nasty’ when he was recently confronted with comments she made before the 2016 US elections saying she would leave the country if he won.

Asked at the White House on Sunday evening if he was willing to apologise to the Royal Family, or to clarify the comments made to The Sun, Mr Trump replied: ‘No, I made no bad comment. Thank you.’

Mr Trump’s arrival in the capital is due to be followed by a protest through central London against the visit on Tuesday, with the ‘Trump baby’ blimp made for his visit last year due to put in an appearance.

On Sunday, Mr Khan described the president as ‘just one of the most egregious examples of a growing global threat’ and compared the language he has used to that of the ‘fascists of the 20th century’.

Asked if he would be willing to meet the London mayor, Mr Trump replied: ‘No, I don’t think much of him. I think that he’s a – he’s the twin of (New York City mayor Bill) de Blasio, except shorter.’

Mr Trump warned Theresa May not to let Chinese mobile giant Huawei have any role in Britain’s 5G network in an interview published hours before arriving in the UK.

Mr Trump said: ‘We work very closely with your country and so you have to be very careful.’

The President will ban Huawei from America’s next mobile network and is urging allies to do the same, The Sun reported last night.

The US ambassador to Britain, Woody Johnson, emphasised Mr Trump’s message and said giving Huawei access to 5G would mean ‘the Chinese are completely in’.

He added: ‘There’s no such thing as the centre, the core or the outlying areas. It’s all one big thing. You can’t have antennas all over and think that they’re not part of it.

‘The government can call up and say ‘I want this information and I want it now’ and the company has to respond.’ 

Trump paid special tribute to wife Melania, who dazzled in a $4995 black Michael Kors chain link gown

More than 20,000 police officers will be deployed at 20 separate demonstrations across the country in a security operation expected to cost around £18million.

The main protest will be held in central London on Tuesday with organisers claiming a quarter of a million people will march from Trafalgar Square to Parliament Square.

No comment: Trump walked away without answering a question about whether he would be willing to meet with Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn

Scotland Yard has given them permission to protest just yards from Downing Street when US President has lunch with Theresa May at Number 10.

The protesters are planning to fly an offensive 20ft blimp depicting the President as an angry baby. The blimp was flown at a demonstration during Mr Trump’s previous visit after London’s Labour mayor Sadiq Khan licensed its use. 

A 16ft talking robot of Mr Trump sitting on a gold toilet is also expected to make an appearance. It depicts the American leader with his trousers round his ankles while tweeting.

The robot, which has been shipped to the UK from China, emits farting noises and recordings of some of Trump’s provocative sound bites including: ‘no collusion’, ‘a witch-hunt’, ‘you are fake news’ and ‘I’m a very stable genius’.

The biggest protest in British history saw up to two million take to the streets in February 2002 over the impending Iraq War.

The Met said officers have met organisers of the main anti-Trump protest and have banned the demonstrators from walking the entire length of Whitehall to allow his motorcade to enter Downing Street without hassle.

A spokesman said: ‘A very experienced command team is preparing the multi-faceted policing and security operation for the president’s visit and whilst the Met has a responsibility to ensure the right to lawful protest this needs to be balanced with the complex requirements of this policing plan.

Two Tory leadership candidates signalled a potential Government U-turn on Huawei last night.

Jeremy Hunt and Sajid Javid questioned Theresa May’s plan to allow the firm to help build Britain’s new 5G network – suggesting it could put national security at risk.

And the US President made clear he intends to press the Government to tear up the plan when he jets into Britain today for a three-day state visit.

He warned ministers to ‘be very careful’ and to seek ‘alternatives’ to Huawei – and is expected to confront Mrs May over the issue in a meeting tomorrow.

The US ambassador to Britain also warned that there would be consequences for trans-Atlantic intelligence sharing if ministers did not reverse the outgoing Prime Minister’s controversial decision.

Hundreds of thousands of activists are planning to paralyse London during Donald Trump’s state visit next week.

Last night, Home Secretary Mr Javid suggested he would scrap the Huawei deal if he becomes prime minister, while Foreign Secretary Mr Hunt warned of buying telecom products ‘from a specific country’ that may be a ‘backdoor to espionage’.

In an interview on the eve of his visit, Mr Trump called on Britain to seek ‘alternatives’ to Huawei.

US officials believe the Chinese government is using the technology giant to spy on Western countries.

Asked what the consequences would be if the UK presses ahead with the deal, US ambassador Woody Johnson said: ‘I think, to be determined.’ Mr Javid told the Bioreports’s Andrew Marr Show he would scrap the Huawei deal if he becomes prime minister. He said: ‘I would not want any company, whichever country it’s from, that has a high degree of control by a foreign government, to have access to our very sensitive tech communications.’ And Mr Hunt said: ‘We have to look at the technical issues which are around whether buying products from a specific country could be a backdoor to espionage.

‘And we have to ask as Western countries whether it’s wise to allow one country to have such a commanding monopoly in the technologies that we’re – all of us – going to be depending on.’ 

Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt – seen by many as a potential leadership candidate – also expressed her concerns, saying: ‘There are vulnerabilities with just having one supplier, so all nations facing these decisions have to look at the detail, and they have to weigh that up.’ 

Last week the Mail revealed the close relationship between Mrs May’s Government and Huawei. Since she became Prime Minister, no fewer than 14 ministers have held meetings with officials from the firm. 

The president left a scattershot pattern of tweets behind as he left Washington, including the announcement that his chief economic adviser had quit – and a broadside against Russia, Syria and Iran for ‘bombing the hell out of Idlib province in Syria’

Last night, in advance of her meeting with Mr Trump, Mrs May spoke of the importance of the intelligence-sharing relationship between the two countries.

‘Our security relationship is deeper, broader and more advanced than with anyone else,’ she said. ‘Through joint military operations, unrivalled intelligence-sharing and our commitment to Nato, our global leadership remains at the heart of international peace and stability.’ Mr Johnson told the Bioreports that he would ‘caution’ the British Government to move ‘much more slowly’ on the Huawei decision.

‘I think what you’ve heard from the President and other members of his staff is concern about the risk of allowing your infra-structure to be built by a country that has a totally different setup than we do,’ he said.’ Asked if he wants to see the next prime minister take a different stance, Mr Trump told The Sunday Times: ‘You have other alternatives and we have to be very careful from the standpoint of national security. You see that maybe now more than ever before.

‘National security is so important, so we all have to be very careful together. And the UK understands that very well.’ Tory MP Bob Seely said: ‘Donald Trump will read the riot act to our Government over the Chinese tech giant Huawei. We – and especially the main Conservative leadership contenders – would be well advised to listen.

Let’s remember who our real friends are; the US, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and others. We need to hold off on this decision, think about it, and then say no to Chinese hi-tech in our 5G infrastructure.

‘Trade matters, but so do our allies. We don’t have to choose between the two.’ A Number 10 source said the Huawei issue was being reviewed and an announcement would be made ‘in due course’.

‘We all have to be very careful together’.

Ivanka Trump arrived in the United Kingdom earlier on Sunday and visited the V&A Museum in Kensington, London

The feud between Sadiq Khan and Trump began in 2016 when the president, then a candidate, challenged him to an IQ test after the mayor said his views on Islam were ‘ignorant.’

Trump had at the time called for a ‘complete and total ban’ on Muslims entering the U.S. as a short-term strategy to lower the threat of terrorist attacks. 

Speaking to the Bioreports shortly afterwards, the mayor said: ‘Look, it was Donald Trump that began this by saying his blanket ban on Muslims would make an exception for me as Mayor of London.’ 

Melania’s collared frock with three-quarter-length sleeves and a mid-calf-length skirt was cinched at the waist with a forest-green belt. She topped the look off with a pair of nude pointed-toe pumps. 

The dress danced as Melania strutted across White House lawn to join her husband before they took off for London.   

The Trumps will arrive in the UK capital on Monday for a two-day whirlwind of pomp, circumstance and protests, including meetings with the royal family and an extravagant state dinner at Buckingham Palace. 

Melania is sure to show off other politically-savvy ensembles during the visit, just as she has throughout her tenure as first lady. 

Earlier on Sunday evening, the Trumps were busy with events and appearances that required frequent changes of clothing and even hairstyles.

The president was seen earlier on Sunday playing golf at his club in Virginia. Afterward, he traveled straight from the golf course to a church in Vienna, Virginia.

While standing on stage with Pastor David Platt, he was seen with his hair combed back, which got people on social media wondering what happened to the president

The president arrived at McLean Bible Church in Vienna, Virginia on Sunday after his golf outing, which apparently meant he did not have time to make his usual preparations

The president, who is seen wearing his white golf shoes, didn’t speak at McLean Bible Church but thanked Platt, and remembered to take off his golf hat before standing with him for the prayer

Later on Sunday evening, Trump appeared at a gala at Ford’s Theater in Washington, DC. Having had time to prepare, the president returned to his conventional appearance

It was at the church where he showed off his ‘hat hair,’ a combed back style that made some on Twitter observe that he looked like a ‘normal’ person.

Afterward, he was able to return to the White House where he got ready for a gala at Ford Theater in Washington, DC.

At that appearance, the president was able to sport his conventional hairstyle. 

President Trump’s eldest daughter has already arrived in London ahead of her father’s state and shared a photograph of herself playing tourist at a museum. 

Ivanka Trump, 37, posted a photograph of herself outside the Victoria and Albert Museum this afternoon wearing a yellow floral dress from New York sister designers duo Ai Ly and Wayne Lee – aka Les Reveries.

She paired the pure silk-crepe frock that falls to a flattering midi length with blue high heels as she stepped out to see the Mary Quant exhibit of over 200 pieces of clothing and accessories from the British designer.  

Ivanka’s dress was listed at $655 but is now available for a bargain $458 on Net-a-Porter

Piers Morgan blasts ‘disrespectful and pathetic’ Trump protesters as thousands prepare to gather outside Buckingham Palace today while the President is hosted by The Queen 

Piers Morgan today blasted the hundreds of thousands of ‘disrespectful and pathetic’ activists pledging to paralyse London with mass demonstrations as Donald Trump visits Britain.

More than 20,000 police officers will be deployed at 20 sites planned across the country in a security operation expected to cost about £18million. 

A ring of steel surrounds central London today, where agitators plan to fly an offensive 20ft blimp depicting the President as an angry baby and a 16ft talking robot of Mr Trump sitting on a gold toilet.

Piers Morgan today blasted hundreds of thousands of ‘disrespectful and pathetic’ activists on ITV’s Good Morning Britain alongside his co-presenter Susanna Reid

The main protest is being planned for close to Buckingham Palace at 5.30pm – where the Queen will be hosting a state banquet in the US President’s honour this evening.

Protesters have pledged to cripple the UK capital because they oppose the decision to welcome Mr Trump for a state visit – only the third offered to a US president. 

But despite Russian President Vladimir Putin, Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe, Romania’s Nicolae Ceausescu and King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia all having the same level of pageantry – they did not face the same level of protest.

Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan, who is also the DailyMail.com US Editor-at-Large, said that Mr Trump’s welcome from protesters is ‘disrespectful and pathetic’ – especially as he is here to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day. 

He said: ‘There’s something a bit warped about our values – is Trump really worse than Putin and King Salman? The Americans fought and died alongside us on D Day.’

The protesters are planning to fly an offensive 20ft blimp depicting the President as an angry baby.

Donald Trump and first lady Melania waved as they boarded Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland last night. The US president is going to London, France and Ireland

Asad Rehman, member of the Stop Trump Coalition, which created the blimp, told ITV’s Good Morning Britain that the protest was a comment on Mr Trump being ‘egotistical and has got a very thin skin’.

He was asked by Piers Morgan whether this makes it look like Britain’s response to commemorating the US contribution to D-Day seems to be putting up a baby blimp.

Mr Rehman then accused Mr Morgan of wanting to be Mr Trump’s chief of staff, which Mr Morgan denied, saying he just wanted to be ‘fair minded’.

Mr Rehman added: ‘Let’s be as upset the fact that six young children have died in custody in the United States as a result of his policies to divide parents and children.’

Mr Morgan also criticised Mr Rehman for not protesting the visit of Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, with a similar baby blimp.

But Mr Rehman said there were other demonstrations held against the Crown Prince, adding: ‘I don’t think the criteria for a protest is having a blimp.’

Even The Beast needs to fill up with petrol: The President’s huge 12-vehicle entourage including his £1.2m armoured limousine is spotted shutting down a BP station

The US President Donald Trump managed to cause a commotion before even arriving in London this week as his £1.2million ‘Beast’ vehicle was spotted over the weekend at a BP petrol station in London, which resulted in the road being blocked off by police in order for the vehicle to fill up ahead of the three day trip.

Passers-by spotted the President’s entourage and took to Twitter to post photos of the vehicle, which was surrounded by police on motorbikes and the rest of the motorcade.

After having touched down in the UK earlier this morning, arriving by Air Force One into Stansted Airport before being ferried away on the Marine One helicopter, Mr Trump is set to get from A-B while he is in the UK via the £1.2 million ‘Beast’ car.  

The Beast was spotted this morning on its way to the US Ambassador’s residence in London’s Regent’s Park, however the President is not thought to be in the car as he was flown to Winfield House by Marine One. 

The bomb-proof vehicle is a seven-seat black limousine which is designed to give the President and his family the ultimate protection.

The car, which will be surrounded by a 20-strong team of vehicles, watching the President’s every move, is equipped with a night-vision camera and reinforced steel plating said to be able to resist bullets, chemical attacks and bombs.

The Cadillac has Kevlar-reinforced tyres and steel rims that can keep the vehicle moving even if the tyres have been destroyed.  

It is believed to be equipped with a Duramax diesel engine. The reason it runs on diesel is because the fuel has a low volatility, which reduces the likelihood of it exploding.  

Bottles of the president’s blood type are carried on board in case of a medical emergency, and a satellite phone enables communication to be maintained from anywhere in the world.

The Beast was spotted at a BP garage in London, filling up for the President’s state visit. The presence of the car and its motorcade led to the area being closed

The President motorcade was seen blocking off the road while pedestrians looked on at all the vehicles which had taken up the road in order to The Beast to re-fuel

The graphic above details the various components of ‘The Beast’ which is set to transport the President and his family around London 

Donald Trumps motorcade in Park Road en route to the US Ambassador’s residence in London’s Regent’s Park this morning 

The car itself is burdened with carrying a whopping 20,000lb of Beast. The engine however is far from a rocket and the car’s top speed it said to only be able to max out a typical highway speed in the US, which is around 55mph. 

Working from the front to the back of the car, the chassis has steel plate bomb protection while the tyres are Kevlar-reinforced and are resistant to shredding and punctures. They are also driveable on steel rims if they happen to be destroyed.

The car is driven by a chauffeur, an elite member of the President’s staff, who is trained to cope with demanding conditions, the drivers compartment has a state of the art communications centre, as well as GPS tracking.

In order to keep the passengers safe, the windows have been made up of five layers of glass and polycarbonate and can handle armour piercing bullets. 

Defence accessories within the car include tear gas cannons as well as pump-action shot guns. As well as this, bags of the President’s blood type are carried on board in the event of an emergency.

Keeping the President safe and secure, the doors of the vehicle are armour-plated, are 8 inches thick in order to protect him from a chemical attack.

This is while the bodywork of the care is five inch thick military grade armour. It is made up of a combination of steel, titanium, aluminium and ceramic, in order to break up any projectiles. 

Holding up traffic! The entourage can been seen far back down the road with police on motorbikes also being present 

The motorcade (pictured above) took up the majority of the road this morning, halting buses and other traffic on its way to regents park

The graphic above shows the complexity of the President’s motorcade which will accompany him around London during his state visit  

These massive Ford SUVs, complete with satellite equipment were among the equipment that Mr Trump used during his last visit to the UK in 2018

The rest of the President’s entourage: The Air Force One plane and the Marine One helicopter

The President of the United States is known for travelling in style, and that is just what he will do during his state visit to London.

As well as the £1.2million Beast, the President also frequently uses Air Force One, which is the plane he arrived in this morning at Stansted Airport. 

Since the 20th century it has been standard practice to refer to the plane as the one that transports the Commander-in-Chief.

The plane today is one of two highly customized Boeing 747-200B series aircraft, which carry the tail codes 28000 and 29000. The Air Force designation for the aircraft is VC-25A.

It can refuel at mid-air and has electronics which are able to deal with electromagnetic pulse as well as being equipped with advanced secure communications equipment, this allows it to function as a mobile command centre.

It has quarters for those accompanying the President and is maintained by the Presidential Airlift Group.

This is while Marine One is flown by Marine Helicopter Squadron HMX-1,VA as well as the newer and smaller VH-60N White Hawks.

The modified military helicopters are called ‘White Tops’ after their white upper accents that denote their Presidential airlift mission, also known as Marine One.

It can also be the preferred mode of transport to motorcades which can be pricey and logistically difficult to manage, blocking off roads.

The fuel tank is also armour plated so that in the event of an incident, the car will still be able to drive away and fuel will not leak from the vehicle.

In the back of the car, the rear compartment can seat the President and up to four passengers with a glass partition which only the President has the buttons to open. 

The rear seats are also equipped with a satellite phone, which has a direct line to the Vice President, as well as the Pentagon, this is while the boot has a fire fighting system , tear gas and smoke screens.

Away from the vehicle itself and surrounding it for protection will be a decoy and a spare car for VIPs as well as a ‘watchtower’ which has lasers.

There are also support vehicles in which cabinet members, bodyguards and the President’s doctor will travel in, just three cars away from the President himself.

A ‘halfback’ surburban car will sit behind The Beast, which is complete with rear facing seats in order for it to keep watch for oncoming threats to the President. 

Behind this will be a control vehicle, in which senior military aides will travel, while the care behind them will be full of secret service elite. 

Behind the secret service there will be an ID car which will liase with police and behind that sits a truck, which is in place to detect for nuclear threats and biological weapons.

Then there is the roadrunner, this makes sure the President has access to communications, in the event he wants to launch nuclear weapons.

At the back of the motorcade there is a cameraman filming the presidents car as well as an ambulance. At the very front of the entourage sits police cars which act as sweepers, guiding other road users and pedestrians. 

Despite the expense of bringing the vehicles to Britain, Trump will make many of his trips around London in helicopters.

A number of presidential helicopters, either VH-3D Sea Kings or VH-60N White Hawks – which are known as Marine One when the president is on board – are also brought on overseas trips.

The Marine One helicopter is fitted with communications equipment, anti-missile defences and hardened hulls. Staff and security personnel are ferried around in MV-22 Ospreys and CH-46s. 

The vehicle (pictured above) will be followed by a whole team of people including security personnel. The car is pictured above carrying Barack Obama in 2018

A large number of black Chevrolet and Ford SUVs pictured above on the President’s last visit to the UK in 2018, they are seen departing Prestwick Airport  

The Beast is complete with containers of the President’s blood along with oxygen tanks and firefighting gear 

The Donald’s dynasty: From the ‘Melaniabot’ and Ice Queen First Daughter to the rabble-rousing son, TOM LEONARD takes a look at the US President’s family as they prepare to accompany him to UK for his state visit

Love me, love my kids. That’s a guiding principle of the Donald Trump presidency, one of the most nepotistic in U.S. political history.

Trump values loyalty above all and who better than his offspring to show how it’s done. His three older children work for him, as do their partners.

Given The Donald’s fond memories of his Scottish-born mother — a big fan of royalty, apparently — it’s inevitable that his state visit would be a family outing that even includes young Tiffany, the so-called ‘invisible Trump’.

So who’s who in the President’s very personal entourage?

Meet the Trumps: (From left) Donald Jr, wife Melania, President Donald, Ivanka, Eric and the lesser-spotted Tiffany at the Trump International Hotel in Washington

Stylishly aloof, Melania’s a mystery 

Melania Trump, 49

First Lady Melania Trump walking from her airplane to her motorcade wearing a Zara design jacket with the phrase ‘I Really Don’t Care. Do U?’ on the back last year

Family ranking: Donald Trump’s third wife had a hesitant start as First Lady. It’s been reported that she never encouraged her husband to run for office and burst into tears on election night 2016 when he won, a claim she has fiercely denied.

She then remained in New York for six months, insisting their son Barron finished his school year. Even now, she’s rarely seen at her husband’s side while insiders say she barely sees him.

Image: Glamorous and mysterious. Nobody knows what she thinks of her husband and his presidency, his hard line on immigration (she’s one herself) and his alleged philandering. Interestingly, she has chosen to campaign against child cyber-bullying — though her husband is arguably one of the biggest Twitter tormentors of them all.

Monosyllabic in public, the Slovenian-born ex-model hopefully hasn’t seen Tracey Ullman’s Bioreports comedy series, which portrays her as the robotic ‘Melaniabot’.

Mother figure: Hugely protective of Barron, her only child,who is 13. He’s expected to stay in Washington DC.

Queen of protocol: Aides say her great White House interest is interior decoration and the placement at state dinners. She’s taken a special interest in protocol on this visit, especially over what presents to give, and the flowers, menu and seating plan when the Trumps entertain Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall at Winfield House, the U.S. ambassador’s Regent’s Park residence.

Wardrobe: A renowned clothes horse, Mrs Trump will have planned her wardrobe with just as much precision as her place settings, so watch out for at least one British-designed frock.

Be prepared for surprises, too, as the First Lady is also famous for the odd fashion faux-pas, such as the Manolo Blahnik stilettos she wore en route to visit hurricane victims in Texas in 2017.

It’ll be a bad news for the ‘special relationship’ if she wears her notorious Parka coat with ‘I really don’t care. Do U?’ scrawled on it which she donned to visit illegal immigrants on the Mexican border.

Ambitious daddy’s girl who’s made enemies

Ivanka Trump, 37

The ‘Unofficial First Daughter’ Ivanka Trump (pictured with husband Jared Kushner) will be one of the four Trump children tagging along for the state visit

Position: America’s unofficial ‘First Daughter’ by Trump’s first wife Ivana, the unflappable ‘Ice Princess’ is the absolute apple of her father’s eye. She has ‘the best figure’ in his opinion and he once said he’d consider dating her — if, erm, she wasn’t his daughter. She’d also be ‘very, very hard to beat’ if she ran for President. He’d like to have made her head of the World Bank or U.S. ambassador to the UN were it not for the public rows.

Family ranking: Stratospheric. She and her husband Jared Kushner (both pictured left), 38, are senior White House advisers, with the President’s ear.

Image: ‘Javanka’, as the couple are known, were once seen by Left-wingers as the acceptable face of Project Trump, glamorous, sophisticated and liberal-minded New Yorkers counselling moderation. The gloss has since come off. An insider described them as a ‘toxic mix of arrogance and ignorance’, with an insatiable lust for power and the source of some of the President’s most controversial policies.

Work life: White House colleages reportedly can’t stand them, allegedly dubbing Jared the ‘Secretary of Everything’ thanks to his insistence on having a finger in each pie, and Ivanka ‘Habi’, meaning ‘Home of All Bad Ideas’.

Home life: The couple live in a Washington DC mansion with their three photogenic children — Arabella, Joseph and Theodore. Despite occasional whispers the couple want to return to New York, they’ve stuck it out.

Money: Lots of it. She’s a successful ex-fashion entrepreneur and he’s a multi-millionaire property developer.

The couple earned at least £61 million in outside income during their first year as unpaid advisers to the President. She sold her fashion firm last year, and he has stepped back from the day-to-day running of his business.

They’ve been accused by some critics of being utterly brazen in their determination to use the Presidency to advance themselves.

Ambitions: Enormous. Ivanka believes she may one day be President, too, and has told people that her father’s administration is ‘the beginning of a great American dynasty’.

A loose cannon, just like Pop

Donald Trump Jr, 41

Donald Jr is the President’s oldest son and the first of his three children with Ivana

Position: The President’s oldest son and the first of his three children with Ivana. A former boardroom judge on his father’s reality TV series The Apprentice, he and brother Eric took over the reins of the multi-billion-dollar Trump Organisation when their dad became President.

Father’s footsteps: A chip off the old block in private and public. He isn’t exactly regarded as an intellectual heavyweight, but seems determined to try to live up to his father.

Rabble rouser: Inherited his father’s flair for causing trouble on Twitter, once posting a message comparing Syrian refugees with a bowl of the multi-coloured sweets Skittles, sprinkled with a few that ‘would kill you’.

Russian Ties: Donald Jr has been issued with a congressional subpoena over his dealings with Russia in the 2016 election, in particular his arranging for a Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer to meet senior campaign figures to discuss getting dirt on Hillary Clinton.

Family man: Last year, his wife Vanessa (with whom he has five children) filed for divorce after 12 years of marriage. Insiders blamed his long absences from the family home. Donald Jr was asked, just before his first child was born, what he was going to be like as a father. ‘Trumps don’t do diapers,’ he replied. It’s claimed their marriage failed as long ago as 2011 when Mrs Trump discovered he was allegedly having an affair with Aubrey O’Day, a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice.

Cheap date: Don Jr is alleged to have treated his ex-wife like a ‘second-class citizen’, giving her so little money she had to ask her mother for help. He proposed with an engagement ring he got free from a jeweller after agreeing to publicise the business.

His new girlfriend is a former Fox News presenter, Kimberly Guilfoyle, 50, who has become a senior advisor on the Trump 2020 re-election campaign.

Future leader: He lacks his sister’s finesse but some say that if any Trump child is going to take up their father’s political baton, it might be Donald Jr. Rank-and-file Trump supporters adore him. He rants about what they rant about — he’s one of them, they say. ‘He’s accessible, he’s in the trenches . . . he’s the one you want to have a beer with,’ one activist told a magazine recently.

On safari, he’s a big shot 

Eric Trump, 35

Eric Trump runs the Trump Organisation’s sprawling real estate portfolio along with his older brother, including the winery in Virginia and the famous golf courses

Position: Executive vice president of the Trump Organisation, where he manages all the residential and commercial properties in the family’s portfolio, plus the golf clubs, restaurants, retail outfits and a Virginia winery.

Image: Generally portrayed by comics as the dunce of the bunch, and as lacking the aggressive political instincts of Donald Jr and Ivanka.

Business savvy: Washington ethics campaigners are demanding to know how much public money was spent when Eric flew dozens of U.S. Trump golf club members over for a tour of his Scottish courses. In 2017, The Eric Trump Foundation was accused of shifting money meant for cancer patients to family businesses, notably its golf clubs. Eric denies wrongdoing and promises to co-operate.

Hobbies: Same as Donald Jr — game hunting. In 2010, an animal rights group attacked them for going on a safari killing spree.

Spousal support: Wed TV producer Lara Yunaska in 2013. She is pregnant with their second child. Lara’s a rising star in Team Trump.

Rare outing for Tiffany

Tiffany Trump, 25

The second youngest Trump after Baron, Tiffany has not been in spotlight as much as the other children, and is currently finishing a law degree at university 

Position: Donald Trump’s only child from his marriage to his second wife, model Marla Maples.

Nickname: ‘The Invisible Trump’. Tiffany, named after the jewellers, acquired this moniker because she’s barely seen. She didn’t even get a mention in a documentary about her dad’s life that was shown at the Republican National Convention. And she was the only adult Trump not invited to join his team after his election. Her inclusion on the London trip is unusual.

Family ranking: While Trump was able to mould his other children, Tiffany was raised by her mother in California after her divorce from Donald. He once admitted he was proud of her to ‘a lesser extent’ than his other children.

Career: Difficult to identify. Though she’s studying law in Washington DC, she’s done little to budge perceptions of her as a spoilt rich kid.

Hobbies: Posting vacuous pictures of all the glamorous places she goes.

Other half: She’s split up with Ross Mechanic, a boyfriend at university who had Democrat sympathies. New beau Michael Boulos is from a Franco-Lebanese billionaire business family and is studying finance at London’s City University. They recently holidayed on a yacht in the South of France, and she’s been introducing him to the Trump family.

Ambitions: After a failed attempt to be a pop star, sources say she would settle for becoming closer to her father and half-siblings. And getting married.

A VERY fashionable arrival! Ivanka is the first of the Trump clan to land in London

President Donald Trump’s eldest daughter has arrived in London ahead of her father’s state and shared a photograph of herself playing tourist at a museum.

Ivanka Trump, 37, posted a photograph of herself outside the Victoria and Albert Museum this afternoon wearing a yellow floral dress from New York sister designers duo Ai Ly and Wayne Lee – aka Les Reveries.

She paired the pure silk-crepe frock that falls to a flattering midi length with blue high heels as she stepped out to see the Mary Quant exhibit of over 200 pieces of clothing and accessories from the British designer.  

Ivanka’s dress was listed at $655 but is now available for a bargain $458 on Net-a-Porter 

Ivanka Trump arrived in the UK today and visited the V&A Museum in Kensington, London

The First Daughter was spotted traveling through the airport Saturday in a black ensemble

She stepped out to the Mary Quant Exhibit at the V&A Museum once she arrived in London

Guests to the V&A exhibit can see miniskirts and hot pants, vibrant tights and makeup from the designer.

The V&A, founded in 1852, holds the world’s largest collection of applied and decorative arts and design. 

Her visit to the museum came after Ivanka was spotted walking through the airport on Saturday pulling her hand luggage while dressed in all-black. 

The President, who is known for his love of extravagant decor, has booked an entire floor of the Corinthia Hotel – which has 225 rooms, 51 suites and seven penthouses – in Whitehall Place Westminster. His family and extended entourage will stay there for this week’s state visit to Britain.

The US President will be accompanied by wife Melania and four of his five children for the visit, which begins on Monday.

The President and his wife are expected to stay at Winfield House, the US Ambassador’s official residence in Regent’s Park, but sources say other members of his family will stay at the five-star Corinthia.

Celebrity guests have included Mariah Carey, James Corden and Cuba Gooding Jr. 

Trump’s visit begins on Monday morning when he will be received by the Queen before three days of meetings and ceremonial pomp which will include a state banquet at Buckingham Palace.  

Guests to the V&A exhibit can see miniskirts and hot pants, vibrant tights and makeup

Designer Mary Quant launched a fashion revolution on the British high street. One of her pieces are seen above

The exhibit showcases over 200 garments and accessories, including unseen pieces from the designer’s personal archive

Mr Trump and his wife Melania are being given the full red carpet treatment, with the Queen hosting no fewer than four events in tribute to them.

Royal gun salutes will fire in Trump’s honor at the Tower of London and in Green Park, while Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince Harry and the Duke of York will be heavily involved too.

The Duchess of Sussex, previously a vocal critic of Donald Trump, will stay at home with baby Archie rather than meet the US President during his state visit to the UK.

The President is due to receive a ceremonial welcome in the garden, inspecting the Guard of Honour, formed of Nijmegen Company Grenadier Guards. 

It was arranged for Royal Gun salutes to be fired in Green Park too.

The Queen is also scheduled to host a private lunch at the palace, after which the President and Mrs Ivanka Trump were to view a special exhibition in the Picture Gallery, showcasing items of historical significance to the United States from the Royal Collection.

The President and Mrs Trump, accompanied by the Duke of York, were also set to visit Westminster Abbey where the President would lay a wreath at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior and then have a short tour of the Abbey.

Prince Andrew will accompany Mr Trump for two of the three days of his trip, with officials hoping the Duke can defuse any political problems with conversations about golf, the Sunday Telegraph reported.

Mr Trump is believed to have so far spent over 100 days of his 862-day presidency playing golf while Prince Andrew is qualified to a professional level.

The Corinthia Hotel is one of London’s most luxurious hotels, and is expected to be a home away from home for Donald Jr, Ivanka, Eric and Tiffany during their State Visit to the UK this week

The royal-suite penthouse (pictured) costs £22,000 ($27,000) a night, and boasts four bedrooms 

The men met 20 years ago at the president’s Mar-a-Lago estate and golf course in Palm Springs, Florida, and are already well-acquainted sharing a mutual friend in disgraced millionaire Jeffrey Epstein, who was was jailed on child prostitution charges in 2008.

While the men make polite conversation, hundreds of thousands of activists are preparing to paralyze London with mass demonstrations.

Fears for Mr Trump’s safety have meant he will not be involved in a carriage procession down the Mall or the official welcome on Horse Guards Parade – which will instead take place in Buckingham Palace’s garden.

More than 20,000 police officers will be deployed at 20 separate protest events planned across the country in a security operation expected to cost about £18million ($22,744,800).

On the itinerary were plans for the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall to host afternoon tea for Trump at Clarence House.

The president’s refusal to accept claims of climate change is likely to bring about some debate with Prince of Charles who has championed environmental causes for decades.

Earlier this month Prince Charles said he was prepared for a frank exchange of views with Trump regarding climate change during the US President’s State visit to Britain next month, The Mail on Sunday revealed.

According to a source close to the Prince, Charles will be ‘very happy’ to talk about climate change if the subject is raised by the President.

The source told The Mail on Sunday: ‘Climate change is a subject that the Prince has talked about for 40 years and he will look forward to discussing it with the President should it come up. He would be very happy to have the opportunity to talk about it.

In the evening on Monday the Queen will give a state banquet at Buckingham Palace. The Queen and Mr Trump will both make speeches at the start of the banquet. 

On Tuesday, the President and Prime Minister Theresa May will co-host a business breakfast meeting, attended by The Duke of York, at St James’s Palace, with senior UK and US business leaders.

Mrs May will then host President Trump and Mrs Trump at 10 Downing Street to hold talks and they will all have lunch together. 

President Trump and Mrs May will hold a press conference at 10 Downing Street.

In the evening, The President and Mrs Trump will host a dinner at Winfield House, the residence of the American Ambassador to the UK. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will attend the dinner on behalf of the Queen.

On Wednesday, the Trumps will spend the day with the Queen and the Prince of Wales at the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings commemorations in Portsmouth, which will include a fly-past of 25 modern and historical aircraft.  

The Queen will formally bid farewell to President Trump and Mrs Trump in Portsmouth in the afternoon. 

The President and Mrs Trump will depart on Air Force One later in the day. 

‘Is it for the Queen’s benefit?’: Twitter goes wild over Trump’s ‘normal’ hair as he makes surprise visit to church straight from the golf course and still wearing his GOLF SHOES, hours before heading to London for state visit

President Donald Trump sported a new hairdo on Sunday which left Twitter users comparing him to Gordon Gekko.

The president was photographed during a visit to an evangelical church in McLean, Virginia, arriving directly from his golf outing at Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls still wearing his golf shoes. 

But the president appeared visibly uncomfortable as he had to remove a baseball cap that he was wearing during his golf game earlier in the day.

While standing on stage with Pastor David Platt, he was seen with his hair combed back. 

On Twitter, social media users wondered what was up with the president’s new ‘do.

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While standing on stage with Pastor David Platt, he was seen with his hair combed back

The president arrived at McLean Bible Church in Vienna, Virginia on Sunday after his golf outing, which apparently meant he did not have time to make his usual preparations

The president, who is seen wearing his white golf shoes, didn’t speak at McLean Bible Church but thanked Platt, and remembered to take off his golf hat before standing with him for the prayer

‘Wow he looks like a real person and not an orange cheeto with fly away hair,’ tweeted one Twitter user.

Another Twitter user wrote: ‘Trump’s hat hair…Jesus!’

‘Trump at Vienna VA church wearing Joe Biden’s hair,’ wrote another Twitter user.

Another Twitter user noted: ‘He went to pray for the victims of the Virginia shooting only AFTER his golf game. That’s his GOLF HAIR!’

‘So Trump has just gone full Gordon Gekko with his hair,’ tweeted another social media user.

Gordon Gekko is the villainous character from the 1987 film Wall Street. He is played in the movie by Michael Douglas, who slicks his hair back.

Gordon Gekko is the villainous character from the 1987 film Wall Street. He is played in the movie by Michael Douglas, who slicks his hair back

One Twitter user wrote that Trump ‘looks like a real person and not an orange cheeto with fly away hair’

Trump’s ‘hat hair’ is even worse than his ‘every day hair’,’ tweeted Bobby Roberts

‘That’s his GOLF HAIR,’ another Twitter user tweeted on Sunday

Patty Glikman tweeted: ‘Don’t you love Trump’s hair? Looking good!’

Others on social media compared Trump’s hair to that of Gordon Gekko

‘Did anyone see Trump’s hair today? Wholly molly!!’ tweeted another Twitter user

‘With normal hair he at least looks a little less bizarre,’ tweeted another Twitter user

Ting Shen tweeted about being ‘thrown off by President Trump’s hair in a Ducktail’

Another Twitter user said that Trump’s hair is ‘an impeachable offense’

Sue Brennan tweeted that Trump was ‘wearing Joe Biden’s hair’

A Twitter user who goes by the handle Cozy Coder wrote: ‘Wtf? Is that Trump on the right? He’s not orange anymore? And what’s wrong with his hair?’

A Twitter user who goes by the handle Cozy Coder wrote: ‘Wtf? Is that Trump on the right? He’s not orange anymore? And what’s wrong with his hair?’

‘Trumps new hair…cut? What is happening here in Virginia?’ tweeted another dumbfounded Twitter user.

Later on Sunday evening, Trump appeared at a gala at Ford’s Theater in Washington, DC. Having had time to prepare, the president returned to his conventional appearance. 

The president, not known for engaging in regular Sunday worship, spent 11 minutes at McLean Bible Church near Washington, D.C.  

Later on Sunday evening, Trump appeared at a gala at Ford’s Theater in Washington, DC. Having had time to prepare, the president returned to his conventional appearance

The White House said he was there to ‘pray for the victims and community of Virginia Beach,’ where a gunman killed 11 people on Sunday. 

Evangelical leader Franklin Graham and more than 250 other Christian luminaries had asked America’s Bible-believers pray for President Trump on Sunday in the hope that God would take his side in political battles that have roiled Washington. 

Trump took off his white ‘USA’ baseball cap as he joined Platt on the stage that serves as the focus of services at the 58-year-old church.

‘We pray that he would look to you,’ Platt said, addressing the almighty, ‘that he would trust in you, that he would lean on you, that he would govern and make decisions in the ways that are good for justice and good for righteousness, and good for equity.’ 

Donald Trump stood on stage Sunday at a Virginia megachurch as Pastor David Platt prayed for him; Trump was in the church for 11 minutes

Mclean Bible Church boasts a weekly attendance of 5,700 at its flagship Vienna, Virginia house of worship, plus another 4,600 at four satellite campuses and online 

A PRAYER FOR TRUMP: Evangelical pastor David Platt’s words as president stood with him in church

‘Many of you may have seen that there were calls to, particularly on this Sunday, pray for our president. We don’t want to do that just on this Sunday. We want to do that continually, day in and day out, so I want to ask us to bow our heads together now and pray for our president. 

‘Oh God, we praise you as the one universal king over all. You are our leader and our lord and we worship you. There is one God and one savior, and it’s you. Your name is Jesus, and we exalt you, Jesus. And we know we need your mercy, we need your grace, we need your help, we need your wisdom in our country. 

‘And so we stand right now on behalf of our president, and we pray for your grace and your mercy and your wisdom upon him. God, we pray that he would know how much you love him, so much that you sent Jesus to die for his sins, our sins. So we pray that he would look to you, that he would trust in you, that he would lean on you, that he would govern and make decisions in the ways that are good for justice and good for righteousness, and good for equity. Every good path.  

‘Lord we pray, we pray that you would give him all the grace he needs to govern, and ways that we just saw in 1 Timothy Chapter 2, that ‘lead to peaceful and quiet lives, godly and dignified in every way.’ 

‘God, we pray for your blessing in that way upon his family. We pray that you’d give them strength, we pray that you’d give them clarity, wisdom. Wisdom. Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Fools despise wisdom and instruction. Please, oh God, give him wisdom. And help him to lead our country, alongside other leaders. We pray today for leaders in Congress, we pray for leaders in courts, we pray for leaders at national and state levels. 

‘Please, oh God, help us to look to you, help us to trust in your word, help us to seek your wisdom and live in ways that reflect your love and your grace, your righteousness and your justice. We pray for your blessings on our president toward that end. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.’ 

Pastor David Platt’s prayer never mentioned Saturday’s deadly mass-shooting in Virginia Beach, which the White House had said Trump was at McLean Bible Church to pray about

Platt didn’t mention the deadly Virginia violence, but prayed aloud with his Bible held aloft for Trump, judges, members of Congress and government officials at the national and state level.

‘Lord we pray, we pray that you would give him all the grace he needs to govern,’ he said of Trump.

Platt also prayed for the president’s family, asking God to ‘give them strength. We pray that you’d give them clarity, wisdom.’

The president didn’t speak to the applauding worshipers or a string orchestra seated near him onstage, but told Platt: ‘Thank you, reverend. I appreciate it very much.’ 

Platt is formerly president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board.

Mclean Bible Church boasts a weekly attendance of 5,700 at its flagship Vienna, Virginia house of worship, plus another 4,600 at four satellite campuses and online. 

Franklin Graham wrote last Sunday on Facebook that pastors should lead their congregations in the ‘Special Day of Prayer’ to ask the almighty to ‘protect, strengthen, encourage, and guide’ the president.

‘President Trump’s enemies continue to try everything to destroy him, his family, and the presidency. In the history of our country, no president has been attacked as he has. I believe the only hope for him, and this nation, is God,’ Graham wrote.

Trump isn’t known to be a regular churchgoer but has a coterie of evangelical leaders who counsel him – and help him avoid alienating Christian voters on America’s political right

A woman  takes part in a prayer for Donald Trump at the McLean Bible Church, in Vienna, Virginia, U.S., June 2, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

The president is pictured Sunday coming into the church building through a side entrance, obscured by the darkness of a backstage area

Evangelist minister Franklin Graham (left) called on thousands of churches to say special prayers for Donald Trump this coming Sunday, in the hope that God would intervene to save the president from his political enemies

Graham posted a call to prayer this weekend, asking for thousands of churches to get on their knees for Trump next Sunday

‘This is a critical time for America. We’re on the edge of a precipice. Time is short. We need to pray for God to intervene. We need to ask God to protect, strengthen, encourage, and guide the President,’ he continued.

‘He’s our president,’ Graham added in a Twitter video clip, ‘and if he succeeds we all benefit. But if his enemies are allowed to destroy him and pull down the presidency it will hurt our entire nation.’ 

Graham said ‘many thousands of churches’ would take part in the targeted prayer sessions. 

The Texas preacher’s father was the late evangelist Billy Graham. He now leads the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the Samaritan’s Purse charity.

He’s also a reliable Trump booster, along with other co-signers of the call to prayer who cautiously backed the president and quietly chuckled when the sometimes-Presbyterian clumsily cited ‘Two Corinthians’ instead of ‘Second Corinthians.’

But they have found in him a president eager to defend religious liberties, influence millions of evangelicals to vote, and autograph Bibles along the way.

Graham risks drawing culture-war pressure to Trump with his unapologetic positions against gay rights. He said last week that Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg should ‘repent’ his homosexual ‘sin.’ 

Franklin Graham risks becoming a cultural lightning rod that could fry Trump: He tweeted last week that ‘[t]he Bible says marriage is between a man & a woman – not two men, not two women’

The Trump-backing Graham has sparred with Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, who would be the first openly gay U.S. president if he were elected

‘Buttigieg is right – God doesn’t have a political party,’ he tweeted. ‘But God does have commandments, laws & standards He gives us to live by.’ 

‘As a Christian I believe the Bible,’ he added, ‘which defines homosexuality as sin, something to be repentant of, not something to be flaunted, praised or politicized.’

‘The Bible says marriage is between a man & a woman – not two men, not two women,’ he wrote. 

Graham has become a controversial figure both inside and outside Christian cultural circles because of his support for President Trump.

When asked about allegations that Trump had an affair with porn star Stormy Daniels and then paid her hush money to keep quiet about it, he said last year: ‘President Trump I don’t think has admitted to having an affair with this person. And so this is just a news story, and I don’t even know if it’s accurate.’

Graham told NBC News at the time: ‘We certainly don’t hold him up as the pastor of this nation and he is not.’ 

Other Christian leaders joining Graham in his call to prayer included former Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, preacher Kenneth Copeland, Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr., civil rights activist Alveda King, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins, Faith and Freedom coalition leader Ralph Reed, Christian recording artist Michael W. Smith and preacher Paula White-Cain.    

What Twitter spats has Donald Trump had with the UK and why have they caused such offence?

December 2015:

While a Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said there were ‘no go zones’ in London because of terrorism.

He said claimed parts of the city were ‘so radicalised’ the police force were ‘afraid for their own lives’.

June 2017

The US President took to Twitter to hit out at Sadiq Khan’s ‘pathetic’ response to the London Bridge terror attack.

He sparked outrage in the UK when he tweeted: ‘At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack,’ the president wrote on his personal Twitter account, ‘and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!’

Critics pointed out that the London Mayor was saying residents should not be alarmed at the increased police presence. 

October 2017

Mr Trump wrongly linked the rise in crime in England and Wales to ‘Radical Islamic terror’.

The US president sent a tweet referring to figures out yesterday showing crime increased by 13 per cent last year and warning ‘We must keep American safe’.

But British MPs tore into Mr Trump for talking ‘nonsense’ and said he is ‘spreading fear and xenophobia’ by wrongly blaming the rise on terrorism.

November 2017

UK-US relations took a battering when Donald Trump retweeted anti-Muslim propaganda put out by far right group Britain First.

Theresa May criticised the President saying he was ‘wrong’ to share the video.

Mr Trump hit back on Twitter: ‘Theresa, don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine!’

February 2018  

Donald Trump tore into Britain’s NHS – branding the UK’s system of universal healthcare ‘broke and not working’. 

He claimed that a major protest about the winter crisis in Britain’s hospitals in London at the weekend was a sign it is not a system the US should copy.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt hit back saying he is ‘proud’ of the NHS and no Brit wants to live in a US system where millions have no health cover at all. 

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