'Thick-skinned' Trump will 'definitely' visit London

By Alan McGuinness, Political Reporter
Donald Trump will "definitely" visit London during his upcoming trip to Britain, the US ambassador to the UK has insisted.
Woody Johnson said the prospect of widespread protests during the working visit on 13 July will not deter the US President from spending time in the capital.
There have been reports Mr Trump would spend most of his time outside of London to avoid demonstrations, with even conservative backers of the US leader urging him to stay away because of the risk of "major protests, crime and disorder".But speaking to LBC, Mr Johnson said: "He's very thick-skinned. He knows what he wants to do and he speaks in a very clear and unusual way from most politicians."Most politicians don't weigh it out the way he does and so he is going to get a lot of criticism for that as people interpret where he is taking everything."But I think in the end, people are starting to, even now, realise that where he is going is a good direction."
'Thick-skinned' Trump will 'definitely' visit London

Mr Johnson said it had yet to be decided who Mr Trump will meet
The ambassador said it would be "all hands on deck" as preparations are made for the trip, adding: "He will definitely be coming to London."Mr Johnson said exactly who Mr Trump will meet during the visit was still being finalised.Although the trip is being billed as a "flying visit" rather than an official state one, which would have seen Mr Trump hosted by the Queen, the President will still reportedly meet Her Majesty on the 24-hour trip.Mr Johnson said Mr Trump "really wants" to meet the Queen, adding: "I think he has a really positive view, he knows that the value-added of the royal family and what they bring to the table is enormous."You can really see it from an American perspective maybe even clearer than you can see it here."
'Thick-skinned' Trump will 'definitely' visit London

The PM visited the US President in Washington in January 2017
It will be Mr Trump's first visit to Britain since he was elected in 2016. He had been due to open the new US Embassy in London in February, but cancelled.Theresa May's spokesman said the US President will hold bilateral talks with the Prime Minister, with further details to be "set out in due course".Boris Johnson - who once said he would not go to New York because of the "real risk of meeting Donald Trump" - hailed the "fantastic" news."Looking forward to seeing our closest ally and friend on the GREATest visit ever," the Foreign Secretary wrote on Twitter.
'Thick-skinned' Trump will 'definitely' visit London

The Lib Dems said a 'scaled down visit' will not mean 'scaled down protests'
London Mayor Sadiq Khan, whom Mr Trump criticised for his response to the 2017 London Bridge terror attack, said if the President visits the capital he "will experience an open and diverse city that has always chosen unity over division and hope over fear".Mr Khan added: "He will also no doubt see that Londoners hold their liberal values of freedom of speech very dear."Liberal Democrat deputy leader Jo Swinson has urged that the "scaled down trip not be met with scaled down protests".
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"Protesting against a man with dangerous, misogynistic and racist views is our responsibility," she said."It is our opportunity to stand in solidarity with all the people he has abused and denigrated."
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