Trump comes visiting


by Amit Roy US PRESIDENT Donald Trump will be coming to Britain on July 12, but the state visit he was promised when prime minis­ter Theresa May first met him at the White House in January last year has been down­graded to a “working” trip. This means that unlike, say, the former Indian president Pratibha Patil, who was put up at Windsor Castle, he will not get to stay either at Buckingham Palace or at Windsor Castle – though he will meet the Queen at the latter venue. Trump will stay with the US ambassa­dor in London – which, in the circum­stances, is akin to asking your honoured guest to stay in the servants’ quarter. He will fly into Stansted airport on Air Force One, and hold talks with the prime minister, not at 10, Downing Street, but at Chequers, her country residence. He will also have dinner at Blenheim Place, the birthplace of Winston Churchill, and have an outing to his Turnberry golf course in Scotland before heading home. Trump will be kept away from crowds, but there are real fears that the planned massive demonstrations against him will turn violent, which is why 10,000 police officers and soldiers, many armed, are be­ing drafted in as emergency measures. The British government is caught be­tween wanting to protect its “special rela­tionship” with its closest ally and showing disapproval of a president who has im­posed tariffs on British steel and alumini­um, torn up the nuclear agreement with Iran, walked out of the Paris climate ac­cord, and is now threatening to impose tax on British cars. Trump made the mistake of targeting Sadiq Khan in his tweets. Now the London mayor has signalled his support for anti-Trump demonstrations, so long as they are peaceful. “It’s right and proper for us to be…

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