US President Donald Trump is planning to play golf in Scotland as part of his visit to the UK this week.
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Reuters Donald Trump will visit the UK for the first time since being elected
When will Donald Trump visit the UK?
Following weeks of speculation, it was confirmed on April 26 that Donald Trump was coming to the UK in July.
And it has been officially confirmed that the US President will be meeting the Queen.
The trip will begin on Thursday, July 12 – after Mr Trump departs Brussels following a summit of Nato leaders.
What will Trump do in the UK?
Mr Trump will be treated to a lavish dinner and concert at Winston Churchill’s birthplace, Downing Street has revealed.
He and First Lady Melania, who arrive on Air Force One on Thursday, will largely be kept away from protests in London.
The president and his wife will then be guests of honour for around 100 guests in the spectacular setting of Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire.
After spending the night at the US Ambassador’s London resident in Winfield House, in Regents Park, the President will visit an unnamed defence site with Mrs May on Friday.
Full details of the President’s official visit – he’ll mainly be staying outside of London
The pair will then move onto Chequers for a working lunch and crunch talks on a range of international issues – followed by a press conference.
Mr Trump will rejoin Melania and head to Windsor Castle for a meeting with the Queen before heading to Scotland – where “he will spend the weekend”.
Mrs May will not travel north of the border, but Downing Street insisted the President will still be a guest of the UK government during his entire trip.
Challenged whether there was an ‘avoid London’ strategy, the PM’s deputy spokeswoman insisted No.10 frequently made use of Chequers for “important bilaterial discussions”.
Who is paying for the trip?
The British government has offered to pay up to £5million in policing costs if Trump goes golfing in Scotland later this month.
Treasury Secretary Lizz Truss wrote to Scottish ministers to inform them they’d foot any police costs.
The interim chief constable of Police Scotland, Iain Livingstone, said the force would need up to 5,000 extra officers costing around £5million.
The country’s new justice secretary Humza Yousaf said it was “completely unacceptable” to expect Scottish taxpayers to cover the bill.
Reuters Theresa May and Donald Trump had a meeting in Davos in January
Why did Donald Trump cancel his trip to the UK in February?
Theresa May was the first foreign leader to visit the 45th President at the White House in January 2017, just seven days after his inauguration, and she invited Trump on a return trip to Britain.
Before he stepped down from the role, former Scotland Yard chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe let slip it had been pencilled in for June.
But in February 2017 it was revealed that Trump’s visit had been delayed until at least October in a bid to avoid protests and MPs’ snubs.
They agreed to postpone it until the autumn hoping the controversy of his attempted travel ban on citizens from seven Muslim countries would die down.
In June it was said the trip was being postponed again “until people support him coming” to the UK.
Trump was then due to come to the UK in February 2018 and the White House and Downing Street looked for options for the visit — settling on an opening ceremony for the new US embassy in London.
And Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said Donald Trump should not get a full state visit and warned the red carpet would not be rolled out for him.
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What was the petition to ban him from visiting Britain?
After the invitation of a state visit was first announced, campaigners staged protests across the UK urging the government to withdraw the offer because they opposed Donald Trump’s policies.
Protesters were furious at his travel ban on people from six nations on national security grounds.
They were also outraged at Trump’s discriminatory remarks about immigrants as well as “sexist” comments
An online petition entitled “Prevent Donald Trump from making a State Visit to the United Kingdom” was signed by 1.86million people.
It said he should be allowed to visit the UK – but demanded the Government withdraw the invitation of a state visit because his “misogyny and vulgarity” would embarrass the Queen.
A rival petition titled “Donald Trump should make a State Visit to the United Kingdom” gained more than 311,000 signatures.
Supporters said it would be absurd not to invite the democratically elected President when tyrants have been welcomed in the past.
MPs have debated both petitions in Westminster Hall, where politicians branded Mr Trump a “petulant child” and blasted Britain’s “fawning subservience” and “desperation” for a trade deal.
Foreign Office minister Sir Alan Duncan insisted the state visit “should and will go ahead” despite protests, adding: “This is a special moment for the special relationship.”
What is the baby Trump balloon?
Sadiq Khan has given the green light for a giant “angry baby” version of Donald Trump to fly over Parliament during the President’s visit to the UK.
The Mayor of London has approved a request for the giant balloon, dubbed the “Trump baby”, to be placed in the capital next Saturday.
It will coincide with a mass demonstration against Mr Trump, who is making his first trip to Britain since entering the White House.
Campaigners have raised more than £16,000 to pay for the six-metre inflatable, and thousands signed a petition requesting it be allowed to fly.
Sadiq Khan has approved a request to float the blimp during Donald Trump’s visit
Today Mr Khan gave his backing to the project, with a spokesperson for City Hall saying: “The Mayor supports the right to peaceful protest and understands that this can take many different forms.
“His city operations team have met with the organisers and have given them permission to use Parliament Square Garden as a grounding point for the blimp.”
The balloon, which portrays the US leader with a “malevolent face and tiny hands” while wearing a nappy, will be tethered in Parliament Square Garden, and cannot be raised higher than 30 metres.
But Tory MPs yesterday branded Mr Khan “childish”.
Philip Davies said: “He seems to be more interested in sidling up to Labour groups like Momentum than delivering on the best for the British economy.”