Melania Trump may be caught in crossfire of Trump protests in London, even as US president avoids capital on UK trip
Reports state that there have been protests planned across the country and have been deliberately timed to coincide with President Trump's visit.
First Lady Melania Trump will reportedly be spending some time in London — amid the protests against President Trump's visit — as the Republican president plans to remain nearly exclusively outside UK's capital.
Reports state that nearly tens of thousands of people are expected to assimilate in the capital streets to protest Trump's visit. Protesters have also mobilized to fly a baby Trump blimp near parliament to express their outrage against the American president's visit to the UK. Trump had canceled his previously planned trip to the country fearing violent protests.
According to 10 Downing Street, the first lady will be meeting with schoolchildren and veterans on Friday and will be accompanied by UK Prime Minister Theresa May's husband, Philip May. Reports state that after finishing her engagements, Melania Trump will then head to Windsor Castle for tea with Queen Elizabeth II in the afternoon.
A Downing Street spokesperson, while talking to HuffPost UK, said: "On Friday she is going to have a separate program in London, and because it’s in London I’m not able to share the location but she plans to meet veterans and local schoolchildren."
Trump meanwhile will be touring a defense site with Prime Minister May outside of London, according to reports.
The spokesperson added: "U.K. and U.S. special forces will be involved in a demonstration which will involve a counter-terrorism scenario and an outdoor capabilities demonstration showing equipment that the [British] special forces use when they conduct joint operations with their U.S. counterparts."
Reports state that there have been protests planned across the country and have been deliberately timed with President Trump's visit. London, however, will witness the bulk of the protests as people plan to gather in Regent's Park outside of the US ambassador's house on Thursday and then again across central London for a series of demonstrations throughout the day on Friday.
Police chiefs, while speaking to The Guardian, said that security officials across the country are preparing for the biggest mobilization of forces to oversee the protests ever since 2011.
The US Embassy in London also issued an alert on Tuesday, asking all the Americans in the UK to "keep a low profile" during the protests.
There have been speculations that Trump is deliberating avoiding the capital because of the planned protests in the city as his schedule does not include any of his meetings in London.
Nearly 50,000 people are expected to rally from the BBC building in Portland Place to Trafalgar Square as part of the 'Stop Trump' protest, according to the Daily Mail. Reports state that the organization behind the Trump baby balloon has raised over £17,000 through a crowdfunding website to pay for expenses for the inflatable float and also to take it on a "world tour."
Although American presidents in the past have spent their time at key locations in London, including 10 Downing Street, the Houses of Parliament and the Buckingham Palace, the US Ambassador to the UK Woody Johnson, however, attempted to defend Trump by insisting that he was not avoiding the city.