Huge protests expected as Donald Trump London visit ‘planned for February’
The biggest protest in British history is planned for Donald Trump’s visit to Britain.
The US president is set to visit London February 26th and 27th 2018 for the opening of the new US embassy in Britain.
Downing Street admitted to having the visit pencilled in their diary for the past 10 days.
The revelation comes after Trump retweeted three posts from far-right group Britain First, which has been compared to the KKK.
The move prompted unprecedented attacks by British MPs on the president, labelling him a “fascist” and a “racist” and calls for him to be arrest for promoting hate.
It is is not believed the trip will be a full state visit and Mr Trump is not expected to meet the Queen, according to sources.
Londoners have already begun planning protests to mark the visit.
Some are planning the “biggest protests ever seen”, which could be even larger than those seen against the Iraq war in 2003.
Trump is currently pursuing a string of anti-LGBT policies in the US, including banning transgender troops from the military.
A second federal judge recently blocked Trump’s ban.
District Judge Marvin J. Garbis ruled that the proposed prohibition was “egregiously offensive,” with no evidence to show it “was necessary for any legitimate national interest.”
Under the Maryland judge’s decision, trans troops who have scheduled transition-related medical care will be able to continue with their treatment with no deadline.
Trump stirred anger by announcing in July that he would impose a ban on transgender soldiers serving openly in the military.
Reversing a decision made under President Barack Obama, Trump claimed in a string of tweets that the military “cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail”.
But federal judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly filed an injunction in Washington, DC blocking parts of the order last month, ruling that a lawsuit brought by five active soldiers with more than 60 combined years of service was likely to win.
And it seems the anti-LGBT are having a negative effect on his popularity.
Trump is now the least popular US President since World War Two.
His approval ratings, though lower than some predecessors, were at a reasonable 44% on 20 January.
They slowly fell from 44.8 in January, to just over 40% by the end of May.
Since the Trans military ban was declared, President Trump has seen a significant decline in support.
At the nine month mark he was the most unpopular president since Harry S. Truman, the United States’ 33rd president, who entered office in 1945.
Just 37% of Americans approve of his job performance, the lowest for any president at nine months in office in polling dating to 1946.
59% disapprove, a new high for the 45th president.
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) November 5, 2017
This includes half of Americans who say they disapprove “strongly” – twice as many as strongly approve of President Trump.
Most voters also say he is failing to deliver on key campaign promises, up 14% from April to 55%.
The number of people who view Trump as a “strong leader” has plummeted by 13 points, from 53 percent at 100 days to 40 percent today.
That figure is lower than the worst rating on this question for either of his two predecessors throughout their two terms in office.