Donald Trump touches down in the United Kingdom after North Atlantic Treaty Organisation controversy

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The US President, 72, who will meet the Prime Minister and Queen during a four-day red carpet visit, landed at Stansted Airport on Air Force One at just before 2pm (UK time) and walked off hand-in-hand with First Lady Melania.

It is widely believed that such a schedule has been designed for Donald Trump because of the overwhelming protests that are expected to descend on London during his visit.

A high fence has been erected around the USA ambassador's central London residence where Trump will spend Thursday night and the embassy has sent out an alert warning Americans in London to keep a low profile in case protests turn violent.

"I think they like me a lot in the UK", Trump said in Brussels. "It's about lifting the spirits of the nation and it's already doing that, you know, it's just putting smiles on the faces of people who had started to despair about the state of politics".

Rarely has a foreign leader been so mocked on an official visit - London's mayor, Sadiq Khan, a Muslim who has challenged Trump's worldview OK'd the balloon, which is an apt symbol of Trump's tempestuous relationship with Britain, traditionally the United States' closest ally. "I think that's why they voted for Brexit". "We are at a very key point in history right now, and we need to take a stand".

"We've had a lot of questions about respect", she told Sky News.

Trump told The Sun that he thought Johnson would make a "great prime minister".

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Mr Trump said earlier this week that the United Kingdom was in "turmoil", following the resignation of cabinet ministers David Davis and Boris Johnson.

Mr Smyth said he hoped the protests, and specifically the Trump baby blimp, do not upset the American public.

Mr Trump is due to land this afternoon before attending a black-tie dinner at Blenheim Palace in his honour, where protesters will gather at the gates. She also said that it's an opportunity to strengthen cooperation on security.

The president is expected to head to Scotland on Friday night and spend the weekend at his Turnberry golf resort in South Ayrshire.

More than 60,000 people have signed up to demonstrate in London on Friday when protesters intend to fly a large balloon over parliament portraying Trump as an orange, snarling baby.

Americans in London have been warned to "keep a low profile" during the trip, while a crowd-funded "Trump Baby" blimp has been cleared for take-off on Friday morning outside Parliament House. She also plans to shift the focus during the rest of Mr. Trump's visit, hoping to steer him toward talk about trade and the growing threat of Russian Federation. All NATO members agreed in 2014 to mandate spending 2 percent of their gross domestic product on defense within 10 years, spending that effectively buys NATO protection.

Perhaps in a reference to Mr Trump's meeting with Vladimir Putin on Monday, she said that Britain and the USA work closely together in the interests of their shared security, "whether through targeting Daesh [Islamic State group] terrorists or standing up to Russian aggression".