The White House confirmed on Thursday that President Donald Trump will visit the United Kingdom for a one-day working trip on July 13. In response, British protestors announced their plans for taking to the streets during the president’s visit.
President Trump will make the long-awaited trip in order to spend time in talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May. No agenda has yet been disclosed, but the prime minister’s office assured reporters that “further details would be set out in due course.”
London Mayor and Trump foe Sadiq Khan tweeted that “If he comes to London, President Trump will experience an open and diverse city that has always chosen unity over division and hope over fear. He will also no doubt see Londoners hold their liberal values of freedom of speech very dear.”
Khan has long been opposed to President Trump being hosted by the UK for a state visit, and the two have traded barbs over social media several times. In one notable instance, Trump criticized Kahn over Twitter following the London Bridge attack, saying, “At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!'”
The mayor responded that the president was acting like a 12-year-old.
British law enforcement have reportedly been preparing for what could be the largest protests in the country’s history. Deputy party leader of the UK’s Liberal Democrats, Jo Swinson, said, “The Government has made the right decision to cancel Trump’s state visit, but this scaled down trip must not be met with scaled down protests. Protesting against a man with dangerous, misogynistic and racists views is our responsibility.”
Swinson added: “It is our opportunity to stand in solidarity with all the people he has abused and denigrated. When he comes to the UK the Liberal Democrats will be front and centre of the protests.”
But not all Brits were disappointed to hear of President Trump’s trip across the pond. Former London Mayor Boris Johnson tweeted out, “FANTASTIC news that President @realdonaldtrump will at last come to Britain on 13 July. Looking forward to seeing our closest ally and friend on the Greatest visit ever.”