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.

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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.

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Date: 12 July 2018 | Source: BBC

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