US President Donald Trump’s London leg of his UK visit will be limited in time, according to the British Government.
His four-day trip features only a few hours that will be spent in the city Thursday, when he arrives, before settling in at the US Ambassador’s residence in Regent’s Park for the night.
Along with having tea with the Queen at Windsor Castle and attending a black-tie dinner at Blenheim Palace—where he and wife Melania will be guests of honor—Trump plans to meet with Theresa May at her country home to discuss trade and other foreign policy topics. The pair are scheduled to hold a press conference together, as well.
There’s been speculation that President Trump’s limited time in London comes in light of the multiple protests staged in opposition to his visit and policies. Some rallies have been organized to greet him both in London, like in Trafalgar Square and the Regent’s Park residence, while others are planned for Oxfordshire, where Trump will be attending the dinner at Blenheim Palace. The bulk of the marches, projected to have thousands of protesters, will start midday Friday.
A balloon depicting Trump as an unhappy baby—which was approved by London mayor Sadiq Khan—will fly before the Friday marches. The 6-metre-long inflatable infant will travel from Parliament Square over Westminster.
Woody Johnson, the US ambassador to the UK, claims Trump’s brief visit in London is not connected to the balloon or protests, as the President “appreciates free speech both in this country, and in our country.”
Trump will be spending the latter half—or what the No 10 calls the “private element”—of his trip in Scotland. A round of golf, anyone?