Trump is accompanied by his wife Melania Trump, the first lady of America. The President has a packed schedule during his state visit. The Queen hosted a state banquet at Buckingham Palace on Monday evening for the President and the first lady.
A lot of people have been in a dilemma about why President Trump landed at Stansted Airport and not at Heathrow or Gatwick. Well, to clear things up, this is not the first time that a President has chosen to land at Stansted which is located 36 miles (57.94 kilometers) away from London, instead of London’s own Heathrow or Gatwick Airports. Previous American Presidents, including Barack Obama, also chose to land at the Stansted Airport. In fact, Obama chose to land at Stansted for all the three state visits to the United Kingdom.
It all started after the then President George W Bush’s visit to the UK. Bush’s arrival at the Heathrow airport led to various disruptions to the services at the airport. On the other hand, the Stansted airport is a former military base and is often used for VIP arrivals and departures because it is highly secured. This is the main reason behind US President preferring Stansted over other airports.
Before even landing at the airport, the President launched a verbal attack on the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan saying, he is a ‘stone cold loser.’ The mayor had earlier questioned the state visit of the President. Trump further went on to say that Khan should pay attention to the crime rates rather than focusing on him. He blamed Sadiq of being an incompetent Mayor and compared him to the Mayor of NYC, De Blasio. He also cleared his stand on Brexit and stated that a post-Brexit trade deal could happen.
Protests of Trump’s Visit
Trump’s visit also saw large-scale protests in different cities, including London. A demonstration was conducted in London against the ill-treatment of people in the UK in America by Donald Trump. The protests were not limited to the streets. Many leaders boycotted the state banquet. Of them, the most prominent was Labour leader Jeremy Corbin, House of Commons Speaker John Bercow and Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable.
Importance of this Visit
Mr. Trump was greeted by US Ambassador to the UK Woody Johnson and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt as soon as he landed at the Stansted airport. President Trump received Guard of Honour and a warm welcome by the Queen. The visit of President Trump is being seen as increasingly important as the exit of Britain from the European Union (Brexit) will give rise to new trade policies between the UK and the USA.
Moreover, Trump views its relationship with Britain as an important one because it acts as a tool to balance out America’s adverse relations with other countries such as Iran and China. A keen eye is being kept on the developments of trade relations between America and Britain and how it will affect the world economy.
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