President Donald Trump arrived in the UK yesterday, whipping up a fresh political storm on his European tour with a series of extraordinary broadsides at Theresa May.
Today, the US president will meet the Queen, the prime minister again , before flying to Scotland to play golf. It follows his dinner at Blenheim Palace last night, and a stay at the US Ambassador’s residence at London's Regent's Park.
His wife Melania is joining him on the visit and will spend today with Philip May, as the US President and the Prime Minister hold bilateral talks over a working lunch at Chequers.
Brexit, Russia and the Middle East will top the agenda for the two leaders' lunchtime talks. During the meeting, they will be served Dover sole, Chiltern lamb and vegetables, and lemon meringue pie.
Trump's arrival marked with bombshell comments
The US leader's long-delayed trip was overshadowed almost immediately by comments he made about Brexit, Theresa May and Boris Johnson.
In an interview published as Mrs May hosted a black-tie dinner for the US President, Mr Trump blasted the Prime Minister, blamed London's mayor for terror attacks against the city and argued that Europe was "losing its culture" because of immigration.
Mr Trump warned the prime minister that a soft Brexit will “kill” the chance of a trade deal with the US, in comments that hugely undermine her attempts to win support for her Chequers deal.
On the first day of the US President’s four-day visit to the UK, he suggested Mrs May was not delivering the Brexit the British people voted for and said she had not listened to his advice on how to negotiate.
“I would have done it much differently,” he said. Referring to her white paper which was agreed at Chequers at the weekend, he said: “If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the UK, so it will probably kill the deal.”
Mr Johnson, who resigned on Monday because he disagrees with the Chequers deal, would make “a great prime minister”, Mr Trump added in the interview with The Sun.
His comments amounted to a humiliation for Mrs May, who must endure a press conference with the President on Friday at Chequers which seems likely to add to Mrs May’s woes.
What's on the itinerary?
Mr Trump arrived in the UK on board Air Force One at 1pm on Thursday, straight from the Nato summit in Brussels where confronted the US's European allies over levels of defence spending.
The President and his wife Melania were then guests of honour at a dinner for around 100 guests in the spectacular setting of Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire.
The monumental 18th-century country house, built for the first Duke of Marlborough as a reward for his military victories, was the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, a personal hero of the President.
The event began with a military ceremony in the Great Court of the Palace, where the bands of the Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards played the Liberty Fanfare, Amazing Grace, and the National Emblem.
Hosted by the Prime Minister, guests at the dinner included leaders of UK business sectors including financial services, travel, creative industries, food and drink, engineering, tech, infrastructure, pharmaceuticals and defence.
Downing Street said the dinner was intended to "celebrate the strong business links between our two countries" at a time when the UK is hoping to strike a free trade deal with the US following Brexit.
A distinctly British menu was served, featuring Scottish salmon, English Hereford beef filet and vegetables, and strawberries and clotted cream ice cream.
During dinner, the Countess of Wessex's Orchestra was expected to perform a series of classic British and American music hits. And on his departure, Mr Trump was to be "piped out" by the Royal Regiment of Scotland.
The President and his wife then travelled back to the US Ambassador's London residence Winfield House, in Regent's Park.
Mrs May and Mr Trump will visit an unnamed defence site today to view a demonstration of UK military capabilities, with a strong stress on integrated UK-US military training.
They will move on to Chequers for a working lunch and bilateral talks on a range of international issues, while Mr May and Mrs Trump take part in a separate schedule on Friday morning and early afternoon.
The US First Lady could visit a British school and talk to children about the dangers of cyber bullying, according to a source familiar with the talks.
British figures have proposed the First Lady visits a school as part of her ‘Be Best’ campaign, designed to teach children about “the importance of social, emotional, and physical health”.
This would be the First Lady's first trip abroad since her hospitalisation for a kidney procedure in May. Melania was unable to accompany her husband to the G7 summit in Canada or to the Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, both of which took place last month.
As Trump meets the Prime Minister, protesters in the capital city are preparing for a march against the US President. Today will see the biggest protest of the US President's visit, as more than 165,000 people have registered their interest in attending the march through central London.
The march will begin at 2pm, outside the BBC building in Portland Place. The demonstrators will then march to Trafalgar Square, where a rally will be held from 5pm until 7pm.
A vehicle-mounted stage was set to be used at the start of the main rally, but permission has since been refused by the Metropolitan Police.
A separate 10,000 women's march will follow the same route as the main protest, and end with a Parliament Square rally between 2pm and 4pm.
Meanwhile, a few thousand protesters took part in a “Together against Trump” rally on the doorstep of No.10 at 5.30pm on Thursday, shortly after Mrs May greeted Mr Trump at Blenheim Palace.
Agiant balloon depicting Donald Trump as an angry, orange baby will fly near Parliament during Friday's main march through London.
Permission for the 20ft (6m) high inflatable, dubbed "Trump Baby", to rise above Parliament Square Gardens for two hours on the morning of Friday July 13 has been granted to protesters by the Greater London Authority.
The move came after more than 10,000 people signed a petition calling for the inflatable to be given permission to fly.
Will Donald Trump meet the Queen?
After spending the first part of Friday with Mr May, Mrs Trump is expected to rejoin her husband for their visit to meet the Queen at Windsor. The Duke of Edinburgh is not expected to meet the US First Couple.
Mr Trump has repeatedly said how much his Scottish mother admired Her Majesty. The Queen has met every sitting US President since 1945.
US Ambassador Woody Johnson has said Mr Trump will meet the Queen during his visit, telling Sky News the President's team were currently working on "various scenarios" for the visit.
Asked by interviewer Kay Burley if that involved a meeting with the Queen, he said: "Yes. Yes, I mean he has to see the head of state.
"Putting his foot on the ground of British soil is job one – very, very important, very symbolic. Meeting Her Majesty is the most important thing, because she is head of state."
UK officials have played down the likelihood of either Prince Harry or Prince William meeting Mr Trump with their wives, though a decision is down to Buckingham Palace.
The President and the First Lady will fly on Friday evening to Scotland, where they are expected to visit both Trump Turnberry and Trump International Golf Links Scotland.
Further details on their schedule north of the border are not yet available, but it is understood that there will be limited Government involvement in what was being described as a private element of the official visit. Mrs May is not believed to have any plans for travel to Scotland.
On Sunday, Mr Trump is expected to move on to Finland ahead of his keenly-awaited summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on July 16.
The White House press secretary originally let slip the date of Mr Trump's trip in April in a press conference for journalists’ children to mark America’s ‘Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day’.
Friday July 13 was initially chosen as the date of the trip as Mr Trump, who is known not to enjoy long-distance travel, is in Brussels for a Nato meeting on July 11 and 12.
Mr Trump is understood to have personally approved the visit after weeks of careful negotiations between his staff, Number 10 and the UK embassy in Washington.
The visit offers a chance for Mrs May to improve her personal relationship with the US president, which figures close to both leaders privately acknowledge is not especially warm. UK aides believe that pomp and ceremony will help foster a warmer relationship with the US president.
Yet it also triggered renewed fears of mass protests – one of the reasons Mr Trump has delayed coming to Britain for so long according to US and UK sources.
Will Donald Trump visit London?
Mr Trump is largely avoiding the capital, minimising his exposure to the protests.
He has not been invited to address both Houses of Parliament – an honour that has been accorded to previous US presidents – because of opposition from John Bercow, the Commons speaker.
Last November Mr Bercow said that addressing the Commons was "an earned honour and in my view he (Trump) has not earned that honour".
A spokesman for the Speaker’s Office told The Daily Telegraph: “Mr Speaker’s views on this subject are a matter of public record. In any case, no request to address both Houses of Parliament has been received.”
The trip will not be the full state visit offered to Mr Trump just days after his inauguration, for which a date has yet to be set. Instead, it will be a 'working visit'.
A Downing Street source has made it clear that the US President "must not meet Farage" in the talks over the itinerary.
Nigel Farage, the former UK Independence Party leader, added that he had been told the UK Government had made it clear that it did not want Mr Trump to meet with him during his visit "through the normal protocol channels".
He said: "I understand that through the normal protocol channels established between [the countries] ahead of a visit that they are very keen - almost paranoid I was told - that he [Trump] doesn't meet me.”
The US President will not have time to meet Jeremy Corbyn during his visit. The Labour leader previously said he wanted to talk to Mr Trump about his "problems with Mexicans and Muslims" when he visits the UK.
Ed Miliband, Mr Corbyn's predecessor as Labour leader, met President Obama when he made a state visit to the UK in 2011.
Other elements, such as whether Mr Trump will meet military figures, are understood to remain up in the air.
Security surrounding Trump's visit
Police are expected to supply up to 10,000 officers to protect the US President on his visit, with counter-terrorism divisions on alert during the tour.
Hundreds of riot vans will reportedly be on hand to prevent the planned march in London from becoming violent and the President will be accompanied by police cars and motorbikes while travelling by road.
Scotland Yard have said: "We are preparing for a multi-faceted policing and security operation, involving the protection and movement of the president.
"The requirements of this complex operation need to be balanced with the right of individuals to a freedom of speech."
Downing Street has confirmed that the Treasury will cover the policing costs if the President visits Scotland.
The pledge came after the Scottish government’s new justice secretary Humza Yousaf said it was "completely unacceptable" to expect Scottish taxpayers to pay for a visit planned by the UK government. The interim chief constable of Police Scotland Iain Livingtone has predicted the visit could require up to 5,000 police offers, costing £5 million.
Treasury secretary Liz Truss tweeted a statement verifying the Treasury bear the cost, adding: "As you are aware, policing is a devolved matter in Scotland.
"However, on an exceptional basis, I can confirm that the Treasury would provide a ring-fenced funding of up to £5m to cover the costs incurred by Police Scotland should a visit from the President be confirmed."
I have confirmed that should President Trump visit Scotland, we would provide funding to the Scottish Government to cover the policing costs incurred ���� pic.twitter.com/UsAn0QSvca— Liz Truss (@trussliz) July 3, 2018
'The Beast': Trump's eight ton Cadillac
Donald Trump has brought his heavily-armoured Cadillac with him, dubbed the Beast. It weighs eight tons on account of its amour and security provisions and is reported to do around 5mpg.
Its doors are eight inches thick, and weigh the same as those of a Boeing 747 jet. As well as making the vehicle bullet and bomb-proof, the doors also completely seal up the cabin to protect against chemical and biological attacks.
The car’s tyres are bullet-proof and its wheels have reinforced rims in case they do burst.
The Cadillac Presidential State Car - its official name - is equipped with an armoury of weapons including tear gas cannons and a shotgun. It even has bottles of the president's blood type on board in case of a medical emergency.
The vehicle is fitted with night vision cameras, GPS tracking and a satellite communication system to allow it to run in any conditions and make sure the President is always in contact.
Trump's relationship with May
Emmanuel Macron’s three-day state visit to America in April, where the French and US leaders heralded a new “special relationship”, has cast the May-Trump relationship in a harsh light.
There are concerns in Government that Mrs May's clashes with Mr Trump have helped Emmanuel Macron, the French President, develop a closer relationship with the US President.
A Cabinet source said: "There is genuine concern that Theresa May has mishandled the special relationship and allowed Emmanuel Macron to get ahead of us. We are trying to play catch up."
Nigel Farage, the Ukip leader, told The Daily Telegraph: "One of the reasons that we are way behind the French is because we have got senior Labour figures who want to have mass street protests in London.
"We shot ourselves in the foot with Sadiq Khan and sent a message that the President is not welcome here."