Donald Trump's visit: Why is he visiting the UK?

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Donald Trump's visit: Why is he coming to the UK?

US President Donald Trump is in the UK to meet with the prime minister and the Queen.

This visit has been expected for a long time but it will be very short and very busy!

The plan is to spend a lot of time talking about the UK and USA's relationship, and their military ties.

However, lots of people are very unhappy that Trump is visiting. Protests are expected in London and Scotland.

What would you say to Donald Trump on his visit to the UK? Let us know in the comments section below.

Mrs Theresa May and Mr Donald Trump smile and share a handshake at the Oval OfficeGetty Images
Prime Minister Theresa May became the first foreign leader to meet with Donald Trump once he became President.
Why is President Trump visiting?

The UK and the USA historically have a close relationship - new leaders are expected to meet with one another.

People have been expecting a visit since Mr Trump was elected in 2016.

Prime Minister Theresa May has already made an official visit to the United States.

While Mr Trump's visit to the UK will be short, Mrs May will want to speak to him about lots of different issues.

It is thought that much of the trip will be spent talking about the military and defence.

This visit is not going to be an official state visit - as it will not be hosted by the Queen.

Image shows a picture of Blenheim Palace - a yellow brick palace - surrounded by a garden with a short hedge maze and yellow daffodils in bloomGetty Images
Blenheim Palace is famous for being the birthplace of UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill and it is where Prime Minister May will host President Trump when he arrives on Thursday
What will President Trump do while he's here?

A lot has been planned for Mr Trump's two-day visit.

On Thursday he flew from a meeting in Brussels to meet with Prime Minister May at Blenheim Palace, in Oxfordshire.

This is the place where Second World War Prime Minister Winston Churchill was born.

There was a big ceremony with music performed by the Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards - they will play famous US songs such as 'Amazing Grace' and the 'Liberty Fanfare'.

Mr Trump will meet with lots of officials from different kinds of businesses.

The President and his wife then travelled to central London to stay at the American ambassador's house that night.

Image shows historic photos of Queen Elizabeth meeting different US Presidents, including John F Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George W Bush and Barack ObamaGetty Images
Queen Elizabeth II has met twelve US Presidents so far during her reign including Presidents John F Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George W Bush and Barack Obama - President Trump will be the thirteenth

On Friday, the President and the Prime Minister watched a UK-US military training demonstration before going to speak at Mrs May's country home.

At news conference on Friday afternoon, President Trump talked about how his visit had helped the "special relationship" between the US and the UK to grow.

He also took the opportunity to call a video released by The Sun newspaper which showed him criticising Theresa May "fake news".

Mr Trump and First Lady Melania then travelled to Windsor Castle to meet Queen Elizabeth.

Once the official business is over, the President and the First Lady will then spend the weekend in Scotland.

Mr Trump's mother was born in Scotland and Mr Trump owns a number of golf courses there.

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A six-metre high balloon showing Trump as a baby will be flown in Parliament Square during Trump's visit
Why are people upset that President Trump is visiting?

Lots of people in the UK disagree with Mr Trump's policy on US immigration and the separation of migrant children from their families at shelters in the US.

More than one million people signed a petition last year against a visit from Mr Trump.

Thousands of people are expected to join protests against his visit in London and in Scotland.

Last week, London's Mayor Sadiq Khan gave permission for a large inflated balloon showing Donald Trump as a baby in a nappy to float above Parliament Square Gardens for two hours.

Police officers from different areas of the UK have been sent to London to help the Metropolitan Police control the crowds and keep people safe.

Despite the protests happening in London, Mr Trump will not spend much time in the capital city.


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  • Comment number 17. Posted by ZuiLi

    23 Aug 2018 0:46
    This comment was removed because it broke the rules. Explain
  • Comment number 16. Posted by pearl penguin hat

    15 Jul 2018 17:54
    Trump might be a powerful man but this is not his country
  • Comment number 15. Posted by mint choc chip cookie

    15 Jul 2018 7:21
    i don't think they should put up a ballon of him as it is a bit to mean
  • Comment number 14. Posted by diana

    14 Jul 2018 17:56
    i think your too strong about your actions but putting a big baby up is verbal physical and mean abuse
  • Comment number 13. Posted by Aunicornburger876

    14 Jul 2018 15:24
    He isn’t actually in charge! Important people are making sure he doesn’t so anything to stupid! 🤯👎👍🏻
  • Comment number 12. Posted by purplesparklytrampoline

    14 Jul 2018 13:42
    This comment was removed because it broke the rules. Explain
  • Comment number 11. Posted by sparkle platypus

    14 Jul 2018 6:56
    Why did Obama go
  • Comment number 10. Posted by sparkle platypus

    13 Jul 2018 17:51
    Dump trump ! Yes although he is trying to speak his mind he should mind His words! so in this case trump is a big old baby and naughty one two ! Trump. Sit on the naughty step cos you ain’t good! Put trump in the dump
  • Comment number 9. Posted by U17071709

    13 Jul 2018 15:47
    Yes and he's also got a right to be here. Tho

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  • Comment number 8. Posted by tigerattack

    13 Jul 2018 9:18
    I think Trump should change a lot of the decisions he makes because he is just showing himself up, therefore giving people reasons to do immature, childish things like the balloon of him as a baby. He makes silly comments and writes silly tweets - why? Trump was just a TV star, he was never even very political - in a lot of people's opinions he just wanted power. He is already a billionaire and an national influence, how much more can you possibly want? So many people are poor, starving and ill in this world. Donald Trump is letting America down.

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