Donald Trump visit: How Americans living in the UK feel

Drew and Evie explain how they feel about the US president visiting the UK this week, with protests planned across the country.

Drew and Evie
Trump supporter Drew and Trump critic Evi, both Americans who live in the UK

The President of the United States of America visits the UK this week, and if he was any other leader it would be a simple exercise in international politics.

But Donald Trump isn't just any leader.

He's one of the most divisive presidents in US history.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to march through London in protest against Mr Trump's visit and some of his actions during his first 18 months in power.

Protests are also planned in Scotland when he travels to play golf at his Trump Turnberry course.

But Drew, an American student who lives here in the UK, won't be among the demonstrators.

Drew says that Donald Trump's visit is a gesture of goodwill to the US as he could just as easily hold more rallies in America

"I'm excited to welcome the President of the United States," says Drew, who's 21.

He believes Mr Trump's visit shows his respect for the UK, as his political career would get more of a boost from staying at home and campaigning in America.

"It's the office of the President that's coming to the UK. He's not coming here for himself.

"Donald Trump could do perfectly fine doing rallies in the US."

He says his loyalty is to the position of president, not the person doing the job.

"I would be happy to see Hillary Clinton if she was president visit the UK. I was happy when Obama did it."

Evi, who's 26, is also an American living in the UK. She's planning to attend anti-Trump protests.

Evi believes that inviting Donald Trump to visit the country suggests the UK government supports his more controversial policies

Evi believes that "by hosting this president, the UK government is condoning his policies."

"There comes a time when citizens and governments around the world have to draw a line in the sand," she says.

For Evi, problems on the US borders - such as young children being separated from their families - is one of her key concerns about the US administration.

She says they have "turned a blind eye" to the situation.

Evi is also excited to see the planned "Trump baby" blimp which is due to fly over London and Scotland when he visits.

"I think it's funny. If a balloon flying over London makes people laugh, I think that's absolutely worth it," she says.

Media playback is unsupported on your device
London 'Trump Baby' balloon sparks debate

Donald Trump's visit to the UK is his first as president of the United States.

Unlike visits from previous presidents, he won't be spending much time in London.

Mr Trump is meeting the US Ambassador at Winfield House after arriving and then head to Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire.

On Friday he'll meet Theresa May at the prime minister's country house, Chequers - and he'll meet the Queen at Windsor Castle while protests take place in London.

Then, to rest up from meetings and dinners, he'll head to Scotland to play golf.

Follow Newsbeat on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Listen to Newsbeat live at 12:45 and 17:45 every weekday on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra - if you miss us you can listen back here.




Date: 12 July 2018 | Source: BBC

More UK News

Former Showaddywaddy bassist Al James dies aged 72

Al James was with the group from its inception in 1973 until he retired more than 30 years later

Cardiff boy, 7, finally walks after losing both legs aged 3

Aged three, Romeo Hadley suffered purpura fulminans, which led to both his legs being amputated

On the border beat in County Armagh

Armoured cars are still a reality for Northern Ireland's border police officers

Obituary: Richard Baker

The pioneer BBC newsreader who also fronted a host of classical music programmes

Former BBC newsreader Richard Baker dies aged 93

Once one of the BBC's best known personalities, he introduced the first news bulletin on BBC TV in 1..

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson works out at Doncaster gym

Dwayne Johnson hit the weights at a Doncaster gym during a break from filming his latest blockbuster..
View More

More Telford News

 Children In Need: Shropshire joins in the fundraising fun

Eating rabbit food and raw eggs, baking cakes and collecting funds for a g..

 Blaze wrecks car in Telford street

Police in Telford are appealing for information after a car was wrecked in..

 Telford lighting up for Christmas

Telford's main Christmas lights switch-on was taking place today.

 Call for more Shropshire volunteers to transport patients

A father and son from Telford are calling for now volunteers to join them ..

 Police investigate car fire in Donnington

An investigation is taking place into the cause of a car fire in Telford la..

 Successful Telford 50 events to return in 2019

Three major events that attracted tens of thousands of people as part of Te..
View More

Telford Businesses

Calendar Countdown

[[countdown here]]
[[countdown here]]

Upcoming Events in Telford

28 Nov 2018

Wednesday 28 November 8pm

Doors open 7.15pm

Show running time (approx): 45 minutes - 20 minutes interval - 45 minutes


Tickets £16.50

14+ (Parental Guidance). Likely to be swearing and adult content.

View Details

01 Dec 2018

9:30am - 12pm


Adult - £8.50

Child - £11.95

Family - £39

View Details

01 Dec 2018

2:30pm - 4:30pm

Please arrive 15 minutes before the start time to allow time to be seated.


Child - £14.95

Adult's - £9.95

Family Ticket - £45

View Details
View More