Donald Trump Lands UK For State Visit

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President of the United States (US), Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump on Monday, shortly after midday touched down at Buckingham Palace, on a three days state visit to the United Kingdom. The pair is currently having a private lunch and welcome ceremony.

It was gathered that minutes before touching down, Mr Trump criticized Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, with whom he has clashed in the past. He tweeted that Mr Khan - who had earlier said the UK should "not roll out the red carpet" for Mr Trump was a "stone cold loser", but the president added he was looking forward to his visit.

As part of Mr Trump's itinerary, Mr Trump and outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May will begin on Tuesday, with the pair expected to discuss climate change and Chinese technology firm Huawei.

After a private lunch, the couple will be given a tour of Westminster Abbey and will also join Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall for tea at Clarence House.

Later in the day, the Queen will host a state banquet at Buckingham Palace, also attended by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Before the visit, President Trump told the Sun newspaper he was backing Conservative Party leadership contender Boris Johnson to be the next UK prime minister.

On Tuesday morning, President Trump and Mrs May will host a business breakfast at St James's Palace. President Trump will then visit Downing Street for further talks with Mrs May, followed by a joint press conference.

On Wednesday, President Trump will visit Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

State visits differ from official visits and are normally at the invitation of the Queen, who acts on advice from the government. The Queen usually receives one or two heads of state per year and has hosted 112 of these visits since becoming monarch in 1952, vigil360 gathered.