Donald Trump visit: President praises UK-US relationship as ‘greatest alliance world has ever known’ – live updates

Donald Trump used a joint press conference with Theresa May to laud the UK-US relationship as the “greatest alliance the world has ever known”.

He also said the NHS would be on the table during negotiations on a post-Brexit trade deal with the US.

“I think everything with a trade deal is on the table,” said the president.

“When you’re dealing in trade everything is on the table so NHS or anything else, a lot more than that, but everything will be on the table, absolutely.”

This afternoon, Nigel Farage has been spotted at Winfield House, where the president is staying. It is thought the two are having a private meeting.

It also emerged that Jeremy Corbyn had requested a meeting with the president, but that it was declined. 

The president said: “He wanted to meet today or tomorrow and I decided I would not do that. I think he is from where I come from somewhat of a negative force.

“I think the people should look to do things correctly as opposed to criticise – I really don’t like critics as much as I like and respect people who get things done – so I decided not to meet.”

It emerged earlier that Boris Johnson turned down a one-to-one meeting with Mr Trump just days after the US president appeared to endorse him as Mrs May’s successor. 

There were rumours the pair were going to hold private one-to-one talks today in London, but instead it is understood they had a “friendly and productive” 20-minute  phone call.

The reason the former Foreign Secretary turned down the private meeting is said to be because it would have clashed with One Nation leadership hustings.

Donald Trump seemed to throw his support behind the former Mayor of London as Britain’s next Prime Minister, saying before the trip: “I think Boris would do a very good job. I think he would be excellent.”

On Tuesday afternoon, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn led an anti-Trump rally, telling the US president to “think on, please, about a world that is one of peace and disarmament, that respects the values of all people”.

He was accused of bringing “shame” on his party by trying to hijack the US president’s state visit after he promised to “stand in solidarity” with anti-Trump protesters after boycotting Monday night’s formal banquet.

Earlier on Tuesday Mr Trump suggested to Theresa May she should “stick around” so she can complete a “substantial” US-UK trade deal.

At the start of a meeting with business leaders from both sides of the Atlantic, the President told the Prime Minister: “Let’s do this deal.”

Mrs May will stand down as Conservative Party leader on Friday, with the contest to find her successor beginning on Monday.

But Mr Trump said – perhaps in jest – that if Mrs May clung on she could be the one to sign the post-Brexit deal with the US.

It emerged on Tuesday that Conservatives leadership hopeful Michael Gove will have a one-to-one meeting with the president, after Trump’s team requested the meeting at the Buckingham Palace banquet.

Monday’s ceremonial welcome, which included a private lunch and a guided tour of the Royal Collection, was played out against a fiery backdrop of Mr Trump and London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s spat.

The president wasted no time in getting his state visit started, unleashing a flurry of tweets criticising London Mayor Sadiq Khan before Air Force One had even touched down.

Stay with us all day for live updates. 

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4:46PM

More pictures from the war rooms

This, of the Trump family

 And this from Number 10

4:33PM

And he’s met up with another old friend

All eyes on ITV tomorrow morning as Piers Morgan, winner of ‘Celebrity Apprentice USA’ interviews the US President.

4:27PM

Nigel Farage enters Winfield House

The Brexit Party leader has been driven into the residence of the US ambassador during the small window of opportunity in the President’s schedule.

Nigel Farage in the back of a blacked out car, driving into Winfield House to meet President Trump

Nigel Farage in the back of a blacked out car, driving into Winfield House to meet President Trump

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3:57PM

The President is thankful

Back in his motorcade and back on his phone, President Trump has tweeted a picture of himself and Theresa May, flanked by their partners Philip and Melania.

The President is now back at Winfield House where he has a couple of hours until his next official engagement this evening. But all eyes are on the gates to the residence it has been reported that Michael Gove will be making an appearance. Boris Johnson decided on a phone call earlier. But will there be any other visitors? Has anyone seen Nigel Farage? Will Rory Stewart bundle in and ask the president to “challenge me on Brexit”?

Stay tuned.

Our reporter on the ground Phoebe Southworth caught the moment the president’s motorcade returned…with a one-man protest at the side of the road.

3:44PM

Everything you need to know so far

Our news reporter Jamie Johnson is primed to take over the live blog. 

In the meantime, he has prepared this “everything you need to know” file taking in the highlights of the state visit. 

Jamie will take over the live posts from 4pm.

3:40PM

NHS not for sale, Corbyn says

3:21PM

Press conference ends with humour

There was a moment of humour at the end of their joint press conference when Mrs May was asked whether she should have taken the President’s advice on Brexit.

Mrs May said: “It will be for whoever succeeds me to take this issue forward.

“I seem to remember the president suggest I sued the European Union, which we didn’t do. We went into negotiations and came out with a good deal.”

Mr Trump responded: “I would have sued and settled, maybe, but you never know.

“She’s probably a better negotiator that I am.

“She has got it, in a sense – that deal is teed up, I think they have to do something.

“Perhaps you won’t be given the credit you deserve if they do something, but I think you deserve a lot of credit – I really do.”

3:20PM

NHS not on the table. ‘Not on my watch’, Hancock says

2:38PM

NHS on the table during post-Brexit trade deal

President Trump said the NHS would be on the table during negotiations on a post-Brexit trade deal with the US.

He said: “I think everything with a trade deal is on the table.

“When you’re dealing in trade everything is on the table so NHS or anything else, a lot more than that, but everything will be on the table, absolutely.”

Donald Trump and Britain's Prime Minister

Donald Trump and Britain’s Prime Minister

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Prime Minster Theresa May added: “But the point in making trade deals is of course that both sides negotiate and come to an agreement about what should or should not be in that trade deal for the future.”

2:38PM

Trump would have sued EU over Brexit, he says

Mr Trump said he believed Brexit should and will happen, insisting he would have sued the European Union as he advised Theresa May to do. 

Saying that he had “predicted” what was going to happen with the vote to leave the EU, he said: “I thought it was going to happen because of immigration more than anything else but probably it happens for a lot of reasons. But I would say, yeah, I would think that it will say that it will happen and it probably should happen.

“This is a great, great country and it wants its own identity. It wants to have its own borders, it wants to run its own affairs. This is a very, very special place and I think it deserves a special place.”

He praised the Prime Minister for doing “a very good job” in getting the Brexit negotiations to this point.

2:33PM

Love shown by Trump towards May

Mr Trump, turning to address Mrs May directly, said: “It’s been a true pleasure. You’re a tremendous person, and a person who loves your person greatly. 

“I think you deserve a lot of credit.”

Theresa May and Donald Trump

Theresa May and Donald Trump

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2:29PM

May will not ‘stick around’ to see through trade deal

When asked if Mrs May would “stick around” to see through the UK-US trade deal, the Prime Minister said she was a woman of her word.

It related to a comment earlier today from Mr Trump, who asked the Prime Minister to “stick around” as he said: “Let’s do this,” in reference to the trade deal. 

Mrs May will stand down as planned on Friday.

2:24PM

Donald Trump refused meeting with Jeremy Corbyn

Donald Trump said he refused to meet Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, describing  him as a “somewhat negative force”. 

He said: “I don’t know Jeremy Corbyn. He wanted to meet today or tomorrow and I decided not to do that. He’s somewhat of a negative force. People should look to do things decisively and not just criticise. I’ve decided not to meet him.” 

A Labour source later confirmed that the meeting had been requested, but that it was turned down.

2:19PM

UK-US deal could be ‘three times what we’re doing’ now

Donald Trump said the UK-US deal has “tremendous potential”, saying it could be “two or three times what we’re doing at the moment”.

Talking of Brexit, Mr Trump said: “I think it will happen. I believe the PM has brought it to a very good point where something will take place in the not too distant future.”

Donald Trump and Theresa May at the joint press conference

Donald Trump and Theresa May at the joint press conference

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President Trump promised a “phenomenal” trade deal following Brexit.

He said: “Our nations have more than 1 trillion dollars invested in each other’s economics… “As the UK makes preparations to exit the EU the US is committed to a phenomenal trade deal between the US and the UK.

“There is tremendous potential in that trade deal, I say probably two and even three times what we’re doing right now.”

2:17PM

President thanks British involvement in ‘obliterating’ Isil

Mr Trump said: “The US and UK share many goals and priorities across the world.” 

He thanked the British authorities for the part they played in defeating Islamic State, who have been “completely obliterated. Defeated”.

Mr Trump highlighted the continuing military co-operation between the UK and the US.

He said: “I want to thank the people of the United Kingdom for their service and partnership in our campaign to defeat Isis.

“The United Kingdom is also a key partner in Nato. The Prime Minister and I agree that our Nato allies must increase their defence spending.

“They have no choice, they must fulfil their obligations.”

The president also reaffirmed his opposition to Iran’s nuclear capability, saying: “The United States and the United Kingdom are determined to ensure that Iran never develops nuclear weapons and stops supporting and engaging in terrorism.”

2:13PM

Trump takes the stand

Donald Trump thanked The Queen for a “lovely dinner”, referring to Her Majesty as an “fantastic person”.

2:10PM

Prime Minister thanks Trump for support after Skripal poisoning

Theresa May, referring to the US president as “Donald”, thanked the US president for his country’s response to the poisoning in Salisbury. 

Mrs May said the special relationship had endured through her premiership, including during the Russian chemical weapon attack in Wiltshire.

She said: “As with our predecessors when we have faced threats to our security of our citizens and our allies we have stood together and acted together.

“When Russia used a deadly nerve agent on the streets of our country, alongside the UK’s expulsions the president expelled 60 Russian intelligence officers, the largest contribution towards an unprecedented global response.”

2:09PM

Theresa May pays tribute to D-Day veterans

Theresa May opens her speech by paying tribute to those who mate the “extraordinary” sacrifice on D-Day

“As leaders prepare to gather here across the world, it’s fitting that we start with the relationship between the UK and US. 

“Enduring partners who stood side by side on that day and since.” 

2:07PM

Theresa May and Donald Trump to hold joint press conference

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2:04PM

Trump delegation stream out of Downing Street 

The Donald Trump team have poured out of 10 Downing Street to head straight to the Foreign Office.

The president turned down the opportunity to give an interview to Sky TV, and instead walked side-by-side with Theresa May. 

Melania and Philip May were in tow. 

Theresa May and Donald Trump

Theresa May and Donald Trump

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1:50PM

Melania and Philip May attend Anglo-American garden party

First Lady Melania Trump and the Prime Minister’s husband, Philip May, met children as they attended an Anglo-American themed garden party together at Number 10.

Mrs Trump hugged a little girl who presented her with a bouquet of flowers as she and Mr May mingled with the children of US embassy and Downing Street staff.

Meanwhile, their other halves had lunch with their delegations inside Number 10.

Philip May and Melania Trump at the 10 Downing Street garden party

Philip May and Melania Trump at the 10 Downing Street garden party

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A brass band played as the families enjoyed a range of British and American games, from croquet to basketball, and drank lemonade and ate popcorn and hot dogs from stalls in the garden.

Red, white and blue bunting and balloons adorned the garden and the children waved the flags of both countries.

Rain held off for the party despite a downpour shortly before it started.

The First Lady and Mr May signed a banner marking the event, watched by children.

Last year, Mr May and Mrs Trump visited the Royal Hospital Chelsea together during the US president’s working trip to the UK.

1:35PM

Corbyn addresses anti-Trump march

The Labour leader is addressing thousands of people in central London who have met to protest against the state visit of the US president.

Last night, he boycotted the state banquet. 

Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn

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Addressing the crowd, he said: “I want to live in a world that survives, that thrives. You do that by respecting the world, respecting each other. 

“So I say to our visitors – think on, please, about a world that is one of peace and disarmament, that respects the values of all people. A world that defeats racism.

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“They have no answers to young people growing up about their future. No answers to the people who are desperate around the world to get somewhere to live.

“Together we can make a big difference. Together we can change the world.” 

Addressing the crowd on Whitehall, Jeremy Corbyn thanked everyone for being there, adding: “Look around this crowd. Look at each other. We are young, we are old, we are black, we are white, we are disabled, we’re LGBT.

“We’re the whole wonderful mosaic of diversity and inclusion that we represent on this demonstration here today.

“We are the living embodiment of what a democratic society is about, where people come together not to exploit their differences but to share the joy of learning something from each other and from each other’s experiences, that others may not go through the hardship that so many have gone through to bring about some of the social changes we’ve achieved.”

1:21PM

Why didn’t Donald Trump and Theresa May shake hands in Downing Street?

There has been some speculation as to why the US president and the Prime Minister did not shake hands when they met at Downing Street. 

Mr Trump shook hands with Philip May and his wife Melania shook hands with both Mr and Mrs May. 

As ever, The Telegraph’s Chief Political Correspondent and Assistant Editor Christopher Hope has the answer: 

1:03PM

Behind the scenes at the morning Lobby briefing

The Telegraph’s Chief Political Correspondent and Assistant Editor Christopher Hope has this update for us from inside the morning Lobby briefing:

The Trump blimp does not reflect the views of Britons about the US, Number 10 has said.

Asked for a comment about the baby blimp, which was flown over Parliament Square this morning, the PM’s deputy spokesman said: “People of course have the right to peaceful protest – that is what you would expect in a free and open democracy.

“But it is important to say at the same time that the PM believes are well aware and understand the importance of the UK-US alliance.”

“People have the right to peaceful protest but British people do understand the importance of our relationship.”

Number 10 also refused to condemn Jeremy Corbyn’s decision to speak at an anti-Trump rally this afternoon.

Asked three times if his appearance would damage UK/US links, the PM’s deputy official spokesman said: “The Prime Minister feels the US is a hugely important ally to the UK and that is why she is looking forward to continuing with this successful visit.”

On the bilateral talks, the spokesman said Mrs May will raise climate change, and they will “discuss a wide range of issues and challenges that we currently face”.

Britain allowing the Chinese firm Huawei to build part of the UK’s new 5G network will be raised.

The spokesman said: “You can expect that to be discussed. We are reviewing the right policy approach at the moment and the PM and others are clear that any decision will be supported by hard-headed technically informed assessment of the risk.”

The spokesman said she was not “aware of any” meetings between Boris Johnson or Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage this afternoon or tomorrow morning.

12:43PM

Boris ‘turns down’ one-to-one talk with Donald Trump

The favourite in the race for the Tory leadership, Boris Johnson, has reportedly turned down a one-to-one meeting with the US president. 

Donald Trump appeared to endorse the former Mayor of London as Theresa May’s successor, saying before the trip: “I think Boris would do a very good job. I think he would be excellent.”

There were rumours the pair were going to hold private one-to-one talks today in London, but instead it is understood they had a “friendly and productive” 20-minute  phone call.

The reason the former Foreign Secretary turned down the private meeting is understood to be because it would have clashed with One Nation leadership hustings, according to ITV’s Robert Peston. 

12:41PM

Larry the Cat takes shelter under The Beast

Rain has started to spit on central London. 

And it was too much for one of Downing Street’s more popular residents was having none of it. 

Larry the Downing Street cat shelters under Donald Trump’s Beast

Larry the Downing Street cat shelters under Donald Trump’s Beast

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12:07PM

Inside Downing Street

Pictures have started to emerge of the president and Theresa May inside Downing Street. 

Here is the best of them: 

Donald Trump and Theresa May inside Downing Street

Donald Trump and Theresa May inside Downing Street

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12:02PM

Trump team member leaves London on day two

One member of the Trump team has slid away from London under the radar. 

Jared Kushner will meet the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker this afternoon in Brussels, according to CNN.

A Juncker spokesman told the network: ‘They will discuss the middle east situation and other geopolitical issues.”

11:59AM

Hundreds of protesters march towards Downing Street

Our Senior News Reporter Bill Gardner is following the protests in central London. 

Activists are marching from Trafalgar Square down Whitehall, in the direction of Downing Street. 

11:55AM

Trump awed by rare copy of American Declaration of Independence 

During the visit to Downing Street, the PM and president, along with their spouses, viewed the Sussex Declaration – a rare copy of the American Declaration of Independence on sheepskin parchment dating back to the 1780s.

Mr Trump listened intently as the history of the document was shared with him.

11:51AM

Protests gather pace as activists await Corbyn

A Donald Trump baby blimp has taken to the skies as organisers expect thousands of people to line London’s streets to protest against the state visit of the US president.

The 20ft orange inflatable was flown on Tuesday morning after its owners reached their fundraising target and permission was granted by the Greater London Authority.

A team of organisers wearing red jumpsuits and hats marked “Trump Babysitters” launched the balloon to cheers from dozens of onlookers at Parliament Square, where nearby roads are sealed off and police are standing guard in anticipation of large protests.

Shaista Aziz, from the Stop Trump coalition, said the blimp of the nappy-clad president clutching a mobile phone has “captured the world’s imagination”.

“We know that this will definitely annoy Trump,” she said.

“It helps us shine a light on the very serious issues around this Trump presidency.”

Organisers of the Together Against Trump protest have billed it as a “carnival of resistance”, with demonstrators gathering at Trafalgar Square from 11am to declare a “Trump-free zone”.

A 16ft talking robot of Mr Trump sitting on a gold toilet, which says the phrases “No collusion”, “You are fake news” and “I’m a very stable genius” – the audio of which is Mr Trump’s own voice – is attracting onlookers.

Climate change activists, students, pacifists, trade union members and families are expected to gather, while the protesters will include Handmaids Against Trump – women who will be draped in red with white hoods in homage to Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel about a crackdown on reproductive rights.

A huge police and security operation is under way, with protesters barred from demonstrating directly outside Downing Street and road closures in place.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will address those demonstrating against Mr Trump’s policies on the second day of his visit.

Mr Corbyn, who refused to attend a state banquet on Monday evening for the president, said he will join crowds to “stand in solidarity with those he’s attacked in America, around the world and in our own country”.

Labour’s Diane Abbott and Emily Thornberry confirmed their attendance, while the Liberal Democrats and Green Party are appealing for the public to join them.

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady and Mark Serwotka, head of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS), will also speak to those gathered.

Trump supporters are also taking to the streets.

Lewis Metcalfe, 28, from Richmond in North Yorkshire, said he took a day off work to travel to London and offer “a difference of opinion”.

“I’m obviously going to be a minority today. I’m not here to troll, to cause a riot or cause disruption,” said Mr Metcalfe, who was at Parliament Square wearing a Make America Great Again cap.

“I don’t agree with all his policies. He’s not the greatest president in the world but he does get things done.

“I think it (the protest) is a little bit hypocritical because you get hundreds of thousands of people for Donald Trump today and yet we had minuscule, maybe hundreds of people, for Xi Jinping and Mohammed Bin Salman.”

Demonstrators will not be permitted to march past Downing Street as part of Whitehall will be closed off.

Crowds will stop at the north end of Whitehall and proceed to Parliament Square by an alternative route.

The Metropolitan Police said a “barrier plan” will be in place across part of Whitehall just north of the Women’s War Memorial.

Scotland Yard’s Deputy Commissioner Sir Steve House told the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee on Tuesday the policing plan has so far worked “effectively”.

Protesters gather in Trafalgar Square

Protesters gather in Trafalgar Square

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He said the force is not in a position to estimate how much the operation will cost but added the US president’s last visit to the capital cost the Met about £2.9 million.

Around 250,000 anti-Trump activists gathered when he visited the UK as US president for the first time on July 13 last year, with the blimp making its maiden flight.

Elsewhere across the UK, protests are also planned in Birmingham, Stoke, Sheffield, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Chester, Leicester, Oxford and Exeter.

On Monday, several visual protests were staged as the president touched down on British soil.

Amnesty International unfurled five banners on Vauxhall Bridge in view of the US embassy in London.

And a projection of Mr Trump’s UK approval rating on the Tower of London was organised by anti-Brexit protest group Led By Donkeys.

11:37AM

Trump motorcade passes his own blimp

Donald Trump’s motorcade has passed Parliament Square, where the baby blimp is flying, as it headed on to Whitehall.

The entire stretch of road towards Number 10 was completely sealed off by dozens off police officers, including several on horseback.

Scores of metal gates have also been set out along Whitehall and police said they would prevent anybody passing until further notice.

The baby blimp

The baby blimp

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A police helicopter also circled overhead as a small crowd, mostly tourists, strained to catch a glimpse of the president.

Some protests shouted expletives as his vehicle passed.

11:34AM

Sadiq Khan calls Trump ‘poster-boy of far-Right movement’

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has called Donald Trump a “poster-boy for the far-Right movement” as he said Britain would “regret” giving him a state visit. 

Talking to Sky News’ Kay Burley, he said the Government should be “very careful” accepting the advice of the president in terms of walking away from Brexit negotiations with no deal. 

“A good deal for America is not necessarily a good deal for us. I’d advise caution.” 

When asked why he allowed the baby blimp to be flown above Parliament Square, he said as long as it was peaceful, safe and lawful, he was fine with it. 

“One of the great things about our country is the right and freedom of expression. I can’t be censor or decide what is tasteful and what is not.” 

Speaking during a visit to a museum in south London, Mr Khan said: “I think the reality is, when you look around the world there are many leaders whose views I find abhorrent – in Hungary, in Italy, in France, here in the UK, and the poster boy they look up to is Donald Trump.

“And it should be a source of concern to us that Donald Trump is the poster boy for the far-right movement around the world and actually some of the things that he has done as president are deeply objectionable, far more objectionable than silly tweets he might send.”

Mr Trump branded the Labour mayor a “stone cold loser” in a two-part tweet as he touched down in Britain on Monday.

Asked how it felt to be described in such a way, Mr Khan said: “I’m not 12 years old in a playground, I’m just surprised Donald Trump thinks he is.

“This is not about childish behaviour, this is about us as a city and many people around the country making clear our views about some of the things said and done by Donald Trump.”

11:17AM

Donald Trump arrives at Downing Street

Having left St James’s Palace, Donald Trump and his wife Melania arrived at Downing Street where they were greeted by Theresa May and her husband Philip. 

Holding hands, Mr Trump and Melania walked up the the Prime Minister and her husband before they shook hands warmly. 

British Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump arrive at 10 Downing street for a meeting

British Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump arrive at 10 Downing street for a meeting

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All four appeared to be chatting away happily as they posed for pictures outside Number 10 just before heading inside at 11.15am.

11:09AM

Sadiq Khan defends Corbyn’s decision to boycott banquet

Sadiq Khan defended his party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s decision to boycott a state dinner at Buckingham Palace for Mr Trump.

Mr Corbyn attended a state dinner for Chinese president Xi Jinping in 2015, despite protests around the leader’s visit.

Asked if Mr Corbyn’s behaviour was hypocritical, the London Mayor said: “My views are quite clear and I think Jeremy Corbyn’s are not dissimilar which is ‘yes we should have a close relationship with the president of the USA, yes he should be able to come here on a working visit’.

“What shouldn’t happen is a state banquet and a state visit with the red carpet rolled out. I think it’s inappropriate. I think those visits should be reserved for leaders who have done something and deserve that. I think it sends the wrong message to be seen to condone some of the things this president has said and done.”

11:00AM

Gove invited to hold one-to-one talks with Trump

Donald Trump is set to hold talks with Tory leadership hopeful Michael Gove in the latest surprise move of his state visit.

The US President praised Mr Gove’s leadership rival Boris Johnson in the run-up to his visit, but his team have requested a meeting with the Environment Secretary.

A source close to the Environment Secretary said: “Mr Gove was asked last night by Mr Trump’s team if he would be able to meet the president today. He said yes.

“Nothing has been fixed yet.”

White House Communications Director Stephanie Grisham and Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary Michael Gove 

White House Communications Director Stephanie Grisham and Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary Michael Gove 

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The source indicated the meeting was likely to be on a one-to-one basis, which could prove embarrassing to Theresa May as her talks with the president are likely to involve senior ministers and officials rather than just the two leaders.

Ahead of the trip, Mr Trump had indicated he might meet Mr Johnson and Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage.

Sources close to the Brexit Party leader refused to be drawn on whether he would meet the president.

A “Trump baby” blimp and a 16ft talking robot of Mr Trump sitting on a gold toilet are in Whitehall ahead of Downing Street talks between the PM and president which are expected to focus on role of the Chinese telecoms giant Huawei i

10:33AM

Downing Street on high alert

With the expected protests today, security has been ramped up around Downing Street to stop the march spilling over near Number 10. 

Security officers walk their dogs outside Downing Street 

Security officers walk their dogs outside Downing Street 

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Police officers in Downing Street

Police officers in Downing Street

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 As expected, the media has gathered opposite Number 10 with the president and Prime Minister nearby.

News anchors deliver reports to television cameras in Downing Street

News anchors deliver reports to television cameras in Downing Street

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The media gather in Downing Street

The media gather in Downing Street

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10:24AM

‘Huge opportunities’ for Britain and US’ partnership, May says

Theresa May said that there were “huge opportunities” for Britain and the US to work together in the future.

“It is a great partnership but I think a partnership we can take even further. Of course that is with a good bilateral trade deal,” she told the US president.

“I think there are huge opportunities for us to do more together in the future and challenges to work on as well.”

10:19AM

Trump urges PM to ‘stick around’ to complete US-UK trade deal

Donald Trump has suggested to Theresa May she should “stick around” so she can complete a “substantial” US-UK trade deal, writes Political Editor Gordon Rayner.

At the start of a meeting with business leaders from both sides of the Atlantic, the President told the Prime Minister: “Let’s do this deal!”

Mrs May will stand down as Conservative Party leader on Friday, with the contest to find her successor beginning on Monday.

But Mr Trump said – perhaps in jest – that if Mrs May clung on she could be the one to sign the post-Brexit deal with the US.

Donald Trump and Theresa May sit at the centre of the table

Donald Trump and Theresa May sit at the centre of the table

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He said: “I think we’ll have a very substantial trade deal, it’ll be a fair deal. It think this is something your folks want to do, my folks want to do, we want to do, and we’re gonna get it done.

“I’d just like to congratulate you on having done a fantastic job on behalf of the people of the United States and it’s an honour to have worked with you, and I don’t know exactly what your timing is but, stick around, let’s do this deal!”

Mrs May told the gathering of business leaders in St James’s Palace: “British companies employ a million people across the US. And every morning, a million people in the UK go to work for American employers in the UK.

“It is a great partnership, but I think it’s a partnership that we can take even further.

“That’s with of course a bilateral free trade agreement…

“I think there are huge opportunities for us to seize together, and challenges for us to work together on to tackle as well.

“And the opportunity today is that we are going to look at how we do both of those.”

10:13AM

From America with love: Trumps’ gifts to Queen and Duke

President Trump and the First Lady gave the Queen a Tiffany & Co silver and silk poppy brooch, delivered in a custom White House wooden jewellery box, Royal Correspondent Hannah Furness reports. 

The Duke of Edinburgh received a personalised Air Force One jacket, and first edition signed autobiography by pioneering aviator James Doolittle called I Could Never Be So Lucky Again. 

Last time they visited, the Trumps gave the Queen a Boardman pewter throughbred horse statuette and a wood-engraved print of Opening Day at Jerome Park, a New York race track.

They also gave the Duke of Edinburgh, who is now retired, a fishing rod.  

10:10AM

Trump baby blimp is airborne

The Donald Trump baby blimp is airborne over Parliament Square.

Organisers began pumping up the effigy at around 9am with the help of six large helium canisters and it was fully flying at 10am.

The Trump baby blimp is inflated in Parliament Square 

The Trump baby blimp is inflated in Parliament Square 

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Matt Dunham/AP

A large crowd of national and international media outlets filmed the launch as several dozen onlookers stood beside the safety cordon and cheered when it was released.

9:53AM

Trump’s first tweet of the day

Not as fiery as his exchanges yesterday, Mr Trump shared a video of the highlights of yesterday’s events. 

9:39AM

Trump leaves Buckingham Palace

The president – and his enormous motorcade – is on the move. 

He left Buckingham Palace just after 9.30pm having arrived there from Winfield House where he and Melania spent the evening. 

The convoy travelling down The Mall on Tuesday morning

The convoy travelling down The Mall on Tuesday morning

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Toby Melville/Reuters

They are now on the way to St James’s Palace. 

9:25AM

Trump is ‘racist sexual predator’, Emily Thornberry says

Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry defended the Labour Party’s position that President Donald Trump does not “deserve the honour” of a state visit.

She told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “A state visit is an honour and we don’t think this president deserves an honour.

“The truth is he has tried to close borders with Muslim-majority countries, he is caging small Mexican children, he has grabbed women and boasted about it.

“He is a sexual predator, he is a racist and it’s right to say that – we need to think about when is it our country got so scared?”

Ms Thornberry claimed Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s attendance at a state banquet for the Chinese president was “different” from Mr Trump’s.

She said: “When you have a close friend and they’re going wrong, you are more likely to be adamant with them and clearer with them than someone who has not been as close a friend and someone you are trying to build a relationship up with.”

The Labour MP said Mr Trump needed to be stood up to “like the way you deal with a bully” because “if you bow down in front of them you just get kicked harder”.

8:56AM

British pomp and pageantry as the Royal family hosted the First Family

Our Royal Correspondent Hannah Furness was at the heart of the action all day yesterday. 

  • Click here to read her reconstruction of the historic day. 
8:50AM

Protesters set up in central London

Anti-Trump protesters have started arriving in central London. 

The most striking so far is a 16ft talking robot of Donald Trump witting on a gold toilet in Trafalgar Square.

A 16ft talking robot of US President Donald Trump sitting on a gold toilet in Trafalgar Square

A 16ft talking robot of US President Donald Trump sitting on a gold toilet in Trafalgar Square

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Jacob King/PA

The Trump robot

The Trump robot

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Jacob King/PA

Protesters on The Mall

Protesters on The Mall

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JP Connor/BEEM

8:32AM

Day one of the state visit, in pictures

A picture can speak a thousand tweets, or something like that. 

So our picture desk have compiled the best pictures from yesterday’s events.  

8:27AM

High time we drain the swamp of  ‘new elite’

On a day where thousands of anti-Trump protesters are expected to descend upon the British capital to march against the president,  James Bartholomew writes it’s high time we drained the swamp of our arrogant ‘new elite’.

In his election campaign, Donald Trump repeatedly used the phrase “drain the swamp”. He was referring to lobbyists and corrupt practices in Washington. 

But now the phrase is used increasingly in Britain, about something related but different. It is about an elite which has taken control of public life.

8:17AM

State visit day one video highlights

To catch up on the highlights of day one, look no further than this short clip:

8:16AM

Five things to look out for on day two

Here are five things to look out for on day two of Donald Trump’s state visit.

1) Protests

Thousands of protesters are expected to line the streets of London on Tuesday to display their objection to the visit.

A huge police and security operation is in place, with demonstrators barred from gathering directly outside Downing Street.

Jeremy Corbyn is due to address the Together Against Trump protest, billed as a “carnival of resistance” against the president’s policies.

The giant, orange inflatable baby Trump blimp that first appeared during his 2018 visit is due to fly over Trafalgar Square during the late morning.

A 16ft talking robot of Mr Trump sitting on a gold toilet is also expected to make an appearance.

Across the UK, protests in Birmingham, Stoke, Sheffield, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Chester, Leicester, Oxford and Exeter are also planned.

2) Business meeting

As protesters converge on central London, Mr Trump and Theresa May will co-host a meeting of British and American business leaders.

The Prime Minister plans to use the round-table event to strengthen economic ties between the two countries – with Brexit likely to be a feature of discussions.

The gathering at St James’ Palace is also due to be attended by the Duke of York, Chancellor Philip Hammond and International Trade Secretary Liam Fox.

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo, US secretary of the treasury Steven Mnuchin and the president’s daughter and assistant Ivanka Trump are also expected at the meeting.

3) Downing Street talks

From St James’, the President and First Lady will head to No 10, where Mr Trump will hold further talks with Mrs May.

Climate change, the Iran nuclear deal and Chinese telecoms giant Huawei are expected to be on the agenda during the meeting and working lunch.

The Prime Minister’s husband Philip May and First Lady Melania Trump will also attend a Downing Street garden party.

4) Churchill War Rooms

The Prime Minister is due to give the president a private tour of the underground bunker where Winston Churchill led the country during the Second World War.

The Mays are expected to present Mr Trump with a framed typescript draft of the 1941 Atlantic Charter, agreed by president Franklin D. Roosevelt and Sir Winston, that set out their vision for the post-war world.

5) Winfield House dinner

Mr Trump and the First Lady will host a dinner at the official residence of Woody Johnson, US ambassador to the UK, on Tuesday evening.

The mansion in Regent’s Park is serving as the Trumps’ base while they are in town.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are expected to attend the dinner on behalf of the Queen.

8:14AM

The Queen’s cordial reception for Trump reaffirms her status as the world’s greatest diplomat

Our Associate Editor Camilla Tominey has written this fantastic analysis, which concludes why The Queen is still the world’s greatest diplomat. 

 Recap The Queen’s welcome here

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