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Donald Trump arrived in the UK today amid a full-blown spat with Theresa May after he slammed her Brexit plan as not 'what people voted for'.

The US president took an axe to diplomatic niceties before even touching down at Stansted airport as he delivered a series of extraordinary jibes in a press conference at the NATO summit in Brussels.

Before boarding Air Force One with First Lady Melania, Mr Trump highlighted Mrs May's political woes, saying he was heading for a 'hot spot'.

And he made clear that he did not approve of the softer stance the PM has been advocating despite fury from many Tory MPs.

'Brexit is Brexit, the people voted to break it up so I would imagine that is what they'll do, but they might take a different route. I'm not sure that's what people voted for,' Mr Trump said.

Mr Trump and his wife Melania waved as they stepped off Air Force One at Stansted Airport this afternoon - but he is already in a diplomatic row with Theresa May 

Air Force One touched down at Stansted Airport just before 2pm this afternoon as Mr Trump began his visit to the UK
Air Force One touched down at Stansted Airport just before 2pm this afternoon as Mr Trump began his visit to the UK

Air Force One touched down at Stansted Airport just before 2pm this afternoon as Mr Trump began his visit to the UK

Mr Trump and the First Lady held hands as they walked down the steps from Air Force One on to the tarmac at Stansted Airport this afternoon
Mr Trump and the First Lady held hands as they walked down the steps from Air Force One on to the tarmac at Stansted Airport this afternoon

Mr Trump and the First Lady held hands as they walked down the steps from Air Force One on to the tarmac at Stansted Airport this afternoon

Theresa May (pictured at the NATO summit in Brussels today) has made clear she welcomes the 'engagement' between the US president and the Russian president on Monday
Theresa May (pictured at the NATO summit in Brussels today) has made clear she welcomes the 'engagement' between the US president and the Russian president on Monday

Theresa May (pictured at the NATO summit in Brussels today) has made clear she welcomes the 'engagement' between the US president and the Russian president on Monday

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He shrugged off the prospect of protests on the streets, saying there were 'always protests' – and insisted that British people liked him because he was tough on immigration.

For good measure. Mr Trump also managed to congratulate a Croatian journalist on the victory of his national team against England in the World Cup. 

Who is on the guest list for the Blenheim Palace dinner with Donald Trump?

Theresa May is throwing Donald Trump a lavish black-tie dinner at Blenheim Palace - the ancestral home of Winston Churchill.

Here is who will and won't be on the guestlist:

Who will be there?

The US President will dine with around 150 business leaders at the stately home, as well as ministers.

Among the guest list are:

European boss of Goldman Sachs, Richard Gnodde.

Facebook UK and Ireland boss Steve Hatch

BlackRock boss Larry Fink 

Unilever CEO Paul Polman 

Who will not be going?

Tata steel: The steel giant has been a vocal critic of the President's 15 per cent steel tariffs. 

Baroness Martha Lane-Fox: The businesswoman, who co founded Last Minute online travel website at the height of the dotcom boom, turned down an invite to attend.

Lord Sugar: The businessman and presenter of the UK TV show The Apprentice  - which Donald Trump fronted in America - did not get an invite.

Mrs May dismissed the criticism as she departed the summit this afternoon, telling journalists: 'We have come to an agreement at the proposal we're putting to the European Union which absolutely delivers on the Brexit people voted for.

'They voted for us to take back control of our money, our law and our borders and that's exactly what we will do' 

But Downing Street has been fearing that US President could publicly urge the PM to abandon her Chequers Brexit plans, which sparked the shock resignations ofBoris Johnson and David Davis this week.

The PM is battling for her political career as mutinous Eurosceptic Tories have launch coordinated resignations and are mobilising to kill off her 'third way' proposals.

Mr Trump said the UK was a 'pretty hot spot right now' with 'lots of resignations'.

'Brexit is – I have been reading about Brexit a lot over the last few days and it seems to be turning a little bit differently where they are getting at least partially involved back with the European Union,' he said.

'I have no message it is not for me to say…'

He added: 'I'd like to see them be able to work it out so it can go quickly - whatever they work out.

'I would say Brexit is Brexit. When you use the term hard Brexit I assume that's what you mean. 

'A lot of people voted to break it up so I would imagine that's what they would do but maybe they are taking a little bit of a different route. I don't know if that's what they voted for. 

'I just want the people to be happy…..I am sure there will be protests because there are always protests.' 

Speaking about the prospect of demonstrations in the UK over his visit, Mr Trump told reporters: 'They like me a lot in the UK. I think they agree with me on immigration.'

He added: 'I think that's why Brexit happened.' 

Sources close to the President have warned a lucrative transatlantic trade deal would be impossible if the UK keeps close ties with Brussels.

The Trumps were greeted by a guard of honour as they disembarked Air Force One to begin their visit to Britain
The Trumps were greeted by a guard of honour as they disembarked Air Force One to begin their visit to Britain

The Trumps were greeted by a guard of honour as they disembarked Air Force One to begin their visit to Britain

The US president made a series of incendiary comments as he held a press conference at the NATo summit in Brussels before heading for the UK
The US president made a series of incendiary comments as he held a press conference at the NATo summit in Brussels before heading for the UK

The US president made a series of incendiary comments as he held a press conference at the NATo summit in Brussels before heading for the UK

The US President (pictured with the PM at the NATO summit in Brussels yesterday) publicly criticised the PM's Chequers Brexit plans, which sparked the shock resignations of Boris Johnson and David Davis
The US President (pictured with the PM at the NATO summit in Brussels yesterday) publicly criticised the PM's Chequers Brexit plans, which sparked the shock resignations of Boris Johnson and David Davis

The US President (pictured with the PM at the NATO summit in Brussels yesterday) publicly criticised the PM's Chequers Brexit plans, which sparked the shock resignations of Boris Johnson and David Davis

Mr Trump let loose at Mrs May's policy
Mr Trump let loose at Mrs May's policy
He claimed victory over demands for NATO allies to invest more money in defence
He claimed victory over demands for NATO allies to invest more money in defence

Mr Trump let loose at Mrs May's policy as he claimed victory over demands for NATO allies to invest more money in defence  

Just hours before he is due to arrive in the UK, Mr Trump highlighted Mrs May's political woes, saying Britain was a 'hot spot'
Just hours before he is due to arrive in the UK, Mr Trump highlighted Mrs May's political woes, saying Britain was a 'hot spot'

Just hours before he is due to arrive in the UK, Mr Trump highlighted Mrs May's political woes, saying Britain was a 'hot spot'

A huge security fence has been put up around the US ambassador's residence at in Regent's Park in London - where the Trump's will stay tonight. Protesters have vowed to try to keep the couple awake with a 'wall of sound'
A huge security fence has been put up around the US ambassador's residence at in Regent's Park in London - where the Trump's will stay tonight. Protesters have vowed to try to keep the couple awake with a 'wall of sound'

A huge security fence has been put up around the US ambassador's residence at in Regent's Park in London - where the Trump's will stay tonight. Protesters have vowed to try to keep the couple awake with a 'wall of sound'

One ally told The Daily Telegraph: '[He] is going to express disappointment that the British government is not going to be in a position to negotiate a trade deal with the United States.'  

Mr Trump headed for the UK immediately after the press conference for his highly controversial visit - which is expected to be marred by mass protests in London tomorrow.

Protesters have vowed to try to keep Mr Trump awake all night by creating a 'wall of sound' outside the US ambassadorial residence in Regents park where he will be staying tonight.

What's on the menu for  Donald Trump during his UK visit?

At Blenheim Palace dinner tonight:

Starter: Scottish salmon

Main: English Hereford beef filet and vegetables

Pudding: Strawberries and clotted cream ice cream.

At Chequers working lunch tomorrow: 

Starter: Dover sole

Main: Chiltern lamb and vegetables.

Pudding: Lemon meringue pie.

Demonstrators have been told to bring a long pots, drums and noisy plastic horns known as vuvuzelas as they descend on the central London spot from 5.30pm tonight.

Writing on the event's Facebook page, organisers said: 'Ahead of the main demonstration on Friday, we want to create a wall of sound to give him the (un)welcome he deserves. Bring your megaphones, whistles, pots and pans and anything else you can make noise with!'

Some 2,600 people have said they are 'interested' in going to the event, later today. 

But Mr Trump will spend as little time as possible in the capital - and is being whisked away to Blenheim Palace  - Winston Churchill's ancestral home in Oxfordshire - for a banquet tonight.

The PM is trying to woo the President with dinner of Scottish salmon, English Hereford beef filet and vegetables, and strawberries and clotted cream ice cream. 

He will hold talks with Mrs May at her country retreat at Chequers rather than at No10 in a bid the President away from the tens of thousands of protesters expected to descend on the capital.

At Chequers the two leaders will dine on Dover sole, Chiltern lamb and vegetables, and lemon meringue pie.  

But the trip comes at a tricky time for the two leaders, whose relationship has been rocky.

Mr Trump sparked a major diplomatic row at the NATO summit by accusing Germany of being a 'captive of Russia' because the country imports nearly all its gas from Moscow.

At the press conference today, the US president described himself as a 'very stable genius' for securing agreements for extra cash after years of the burden falling on America.  

Mr Trump, flanked by National Security Advisor John Bolton, took an axe to diplomatic niceties by making his views clear about Mrs May's policies
Mr Trump, flanked by National Security Advisor John Bolton, took an axe to diplomatic niceties by making his views clear about Mrs May's policies

Mr Trump, flanked by National Security Advisor John Bolton, took an axe to diplomatic niceties by making his views clear about Mrs May's policies

Downing Street has been fearing that US President (pictured today) could publicly urge the PM to abandon her Chequers Brexit plans
Downing Street has been fearing that US President (pictured today) could publicly urge the PM to abandon her Chequers Brexit plans

Downing Street has been fearing that US President (pictured today) could publicly urge the PM to abandon her Chequers Brexit plans

Theresa May was also at the NATO summit today and is returning to host Mr Trump in the UK. She tried to shrug off his criticism saying her plan 'absolutely delivers on the Brexit people voted for'
Theresa May was also at the NATO summit today and is returning to host Mr Trump in the UK. She tried to shrug off his criticism saying her plan 'absolutely delivers on the Brexit people voted for'

Theresa May was also at the NATO summit today and is returning to host Mr Trump in the UK. She tried to shrug off his criticism saying her plan 'absolutely delivers on the Brexit people voted for'

He said he told counterparts this morning that he was 'extremely unhappy' with the lack of progress being made towards meeting the alliance target of spending 2 per cent of GDP on defence. 

But he said that since last year around an additional 33 billion dollars, not including the US, had been raised and it was now 'unnecessary' to withdraw from the organisation. 

'The United States' commitment to Nato remains very strong,' he said. Mr Trump said Nato was 'probably the greatest' but the US had been paying between 70-90 per cent towards it. 

May warns Trump not to split NATO when he meets Putin
Mr Trump (pictured with Mrs May in Brussels yesterday) is due to arrive in the UK at lunchtime
Mr Trump (pictured with Mrs May in Brussels yesterday) is due to arrive in the UK at lunchtime

Mr Trump (pictured with Mrs May in Brussels yesterday) is due to arrive in the UK at lunchtime

Theresa May has delivered a stark warning to Donald Trump not to split NATO by appeasing Vladimir Putin when they meet in Helsinki next week.

The Prime Minister made clear she welcomes the 'engagement' between the US president and the Russian president on Monday.

But she insisted there must be 'unity and strength' in the military alliance and he must not skirt issues like the Salisbury nerve agent attack on former spy Sergei Skripal and daughter Yulia.

The comments came as Mrs May struck a delicate balance at the NATO summit in Brussels ahead of a potentially turbulent visit by Mr Trump to the UK today.   

In remarks released by No10, she said that when it came to dealing with Russia, it was essential to do so from a position of strength underpinned by alliance unity.

'As we engage Russia we must do so from a position of unity and strength, holding out hope for a better future, but also clear and unwavering on where Russia needs to change its behaviour for this to become a reality,' she said.

Speaking in Brussels, he told reporters: 'Yesterday, I let them know I was extremely unhappy with what was happening and they have substantially upped their commitment.' 

NATOwas now 'much stronger than it was two days ago', he said. 'I believe in NATO,' he added.

He provoked anger in the UK earlier this week when he took a swipe at the 'turmoil' in British politics.

He also heaped praise on his 'friend' Mr Johnson - who had quit the Cabinet and plunged Mrs May's premiership into turmoil just a day before. 

And he said that his panned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday may be 'easier' than his rip to the UK.

No10 immediately tried to play down the comments - insisting they had taken them as 'humourous'.

But tensions between the two leaders over Russia and NATO threaten to cast a shadow over the trip.

The PM delivered a stark warning to Mr Trump not to split NATO by appeasing Mr Putin when they meet in Helsinki next week.

The Prime Minister made clear she welcomes the 'engagement' between the US president and the Russian president on Monday.

But she insisted there must be 'unity and strength' in the military alliance and he must not skirt issues like the Salisbury nerve agent attack on former spy Sergei Skripal and daughter Yulia.   

In remarks released by No10, she said that when it came to dealing with Russia, it was essential to do so from a position of strength underpinned by alliance unity.

'As we engage Russia we must do so from a position of unity and strength, holding out hope for a better future, but also clear and unwavering on where Russia needs to change its behaviour for this to become a reality,' she said.

In London, Scotland Yard is braced for some of the biggest protests in living memory as tens of thousands of demonstrators are expected to pour into London to vent their fury at the President.

A giant baloon depicting Mr Trump as a baby in a nappy will be flown over the capital as part of the protest.

And activists from trade unions and the Labour grassroots group Momentum are expected to join the throng.

Demonstrators have vowed to try to keep Mr Trump up all night by gathering near the large US ambassadorial residence in Regents Park where he will stay tonight, with drums, pots and pans which they will bang. 

The police operation for his trip is expected to cost at least £8million.    

David Davis (pictured in London on Monday) quit the Cabinet saying he cannot support the PM's Brexit plans
David Davis (pictured in London on Monday) quit the Cabinet saying he cannot support the PM's Brexit plans
Boris  Johnson (pictured leaving his home in Carlton Terrace yesterday) warned that the PM's Chequers Brexit plan would leave the UK a 'colony' as he sensationally quit
Boris  Johnson (pictured leaving his home in Carlton Terrace yesterday) warned that the PM's Chequers Brexit plan would leave the UK a 'colony' as he sensationally quit

The PM's Government has been plunged into turmoil by the shock resignations of David Davis (pictured left) as Brexit Secretary and Boris Johnson (pictured right) as Foreign Secretary

 

 'A lot of people like me there': Donald Trump shrugs off protest fears ahead of UK visit TODAY as 'ring of steel' forms for May summit and tea with the Queen 

Donald Trump speaks in Brussels after forcing NATO members to up their spending by $33bn ahead of his trip to Britain today and shrugged any fears he had about mass protests
Donald Trump speaks in Brussels after forcing NATO members to up their spending by $33bn ahead of his trip to Britain today and shrugged any fears he had about mass protests

Donald Trump speaks in Brussels after forcing NATO members to up their spending by $33bn ahead of his trip to Britain today and shrugged any fears he had about mass protests

Britain is bracing itself for Donald Trump today as he brushed off mass protests over his red carpet visit and said: 'I think they like me a lot in the UK - they're great people'.  

The US President will meet the Prime Minister and Queen in a three-day visit and will land at Stansted Airport with First Lady Melania this afternoon for the start of his controversial trip.

Already waiting for him in the UK are up to 1,000 of his own staff and a giant motorcade led by his chemicals weapon-proof Cadillac nicknamed 'The Beast' as well as multiple helicopters dotted around the country. 

Before taking off for the UK he gave an extraordinary press conference in Brussels this morning after giving NATO leaders a bruising over military funding.

He was asked if he feared mass protests and said: 'I think it's fine. A lot of people like me there. I think they agree with me on immigration. I think that's why Brexit happened'. 

Despite not being an official state visit he will be treated to a Guard of Honour when he meets the Queen at Windsor Castle for tea tomorrow to ensure the US leader feels he is being treated with the appropriate level of pomp and ceremony.

There will also be a grand dinner at Blenheim Palace tonight - Winston Churchill's ancestral seat - as well as a lunch with Theresa May at her grand Chequers country residence in Buckinghamshire.

And he will stay at the US Ambassador official residence in Regent's Park, London, tonight, which has been surrounded by a ring of steel of new security fences and road barriers to prevent a terror attack.

Protesters have vowed to try to keep Mr Trump awake all night by creating a 'wall of sound' outside the US ambassadorial residence in Regents park where he will be staying tonight.

Demonstrators have been told to bring a long pots, drums and noisy plastic horns known as vuvuzelas as they descend on the central London spot from 5.30pm tonight.

Writing on the event's Facebook page, organisers said: 'Ahead of the main demonstration on Friday, we want to create a wall of sound to give him the (un)welcome he deserves. Bring your megaphones, whistles, pots and pans and anything else you can make noise with!'

Some 2,600 people have said they are 'interested' in going to the event, later today. 

On Saturday he will fly up to Scotland to play golf at one of his resorts and his son Eric landed in the family's 'Trump Force One' private jet at Aberdeen this morning.  

Activists from Stand Up to Racism Scotland (SUTR) are already outside athe Trump Turnberry resort in South Ayrshire, ahead of the US president's arrival in the UK
Activists from Stand Up to Racism Scotland (SUTR) are already outside athe Trump Turnberry resort in South Ayrshire, ahead of the US president's arrival in the UK

Activists from Stand Up to Racism Scotland (SUTR) are already outside athe Trump Turnberry resort in South Ayrshire, ahead of the US president's arrival in the UK

This giant and controversial Trump balloon showing the world leader in a nappy will be flying over London this weekend
This giant and controversial Trump balloon showing the world leader in a nappy will be flying over London this weekend

This giant and controversial Trump balloon showing the world leader in a nappy will be flying over London this weekend

The Police Federation has hit out at the conditions officers are being forced to sleep in between shifts on the huge security operation (pictured) - saying they are worse than those afforded to prisoners
The Police Federation has hit out at the conditions officers are being forced to sleep in between shifts on the huge security operation (pictured) - saying they are worse than those afforded to prisoners

The Police Federation has hit out at the conditions officers are being forced to sleep in between shifts on the huge security operation (pictured) - saying they are worse than those afforded to prisoners

Protesters plan to follow him wherever he goes and 10,000 police officers have been drafted in to protect him - the largest number deployed since the 2011 riots. 

Today the US President described Britain as a 'pretty hot spot right now with a lot of resignations' and suggested his meeting with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday could be easier.  

And he made clear that he did not approve of the softer stance the PM has been advocating despite fury from many Tory MPs.

'Brexit is Brexit, the people voted to break it up so I would imagine that is what they'll do, but they might take a different route, I'm not sure that's what people voted for,' Mr Trump said, adding: 'They're great people - I just want them to be happy'.

He added: 'The EU better be careful. Immigration is taking over Europe'. 

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has allowed a group to fly a giant balloon showing Mr Trump as a baby in a nappy over the capital throughout his visit. 

Nearly every force in England and Wales has contributed officers to help with the massive mobilisation, the biggest since the 2011 riots.

The US President arrives after giving NATO leaders a tongue-lashing in Brussels over defence spending and controversial comments about Britain being in 'turmoil'. 

Police are also guarding barriers installed at Blenheim Palace near Woodstock, Oxfordshire, where Donald Trump will dine this evening 
Police are also guarding barriers installed at Blenheim Palace near Woodstock, Oxfordshire, where Donald Trump will dine this evening 

Police are also guarding barriers installed at Blenheim Palace near Woodstock, Oxfordshire, where Donald Trump will dine this evening 

Armed police are patrolling a new security fence now surrounding the US Ambassador's residence in Regent's Park
Armed police are patrolling a new security fence now surrounding the US Ambassador's residence in Regent's Park

Armed police are patrolling a new security fence now surrounding the US Ambassador's residence in Regent's Park

He said he got along with Theresa May 'very well', but suggested he might make time during his UK visit to speak with his friend Boris Johnson, who has just rocked her Government by resigning as foreign secretary.

It was 'up to the people' whether or not they want Mrs May to stay as Prime Minister, he added.   

The tight security surrounding the visit will attempt to avoid exposing Mr Trump to planned protests in central London.

His schedule involves a black tie dinner at Blenheim Palace tonight with US and UK business leaders and cabinet ministers, hosted by Mrs May.

Ahead of his arrival the PM said she would use the visit to 'forge a strengthened, ambitious and future-proof trade partnership' with the US after Brexit.

Mrs May said there is 'no stronger alliance' than the special relationship between the two countries and 'there will be no alliance more important in the years ahead'.

Hailing the two countries 'uniquely close partnership in the fight for democracy and global security' she also pointed to our 'unrivalled' trade and investment relationship. 

 

 'The commitment to NATO remains very strong': Trump claims victory and says he is NOT looking to pull out of the military alliance after spending pledges from other states

Donald Trump claimed victory today and pledged to stick with NATO after member nations agreed to step up their contributions.

At a hastily-scheduled news conference, Mr Trump pronounced: 'The commitment to NATO remains very strong.'  

The president told reporters in Belgium that he has 'no problem' with NATO now that member nations have agreed to spend 33 billion more on their defense. 

'We made a tremendous amount of progress today,' the American president said.

Trump attempted to calm fears in Brussels by promising that he's a 'stable genius' who will not change his mind once he leaves the summit. Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel had told reporters that Trump 'was in a good mood' but said he 'has Wi-Fi on the plane, so we will have to see in the end.' 

The U.S. president left an emergency session of NATO's top body to set the record straight in the international press before an afternoon departure.

'What good is NATO?' asked Trump as he resumed his attacks on Germany and allies who are spending less than 2 per cent of their GDP on defense
'What good is NATO?' asked Trump as he resumed his attacks on Germany and allies who are spending less than 2 per cent of their GDP on defense

'What good is NATO?' asked Trump as he resumed his attacks on Germany and allies who are spending less than 2 per cent of their GDP on defense

Mr Trump had made his position abundantly clear on spending by NATO members before he even arrived at the summit
Mr Trump had made his position abundantly clear on spending by NATO members before he even arrived at the summit
Mr Trump jibed about European countries' reliance on Russian energy
Mr Trump jibed about European countries' reliance on Russian energy

 Mr Trump had made his position abundantly clear on spending by NATO members before he even arrived at the summit

'Yesterday, I let them know that I was extremely unhappy with what was happening and they have substantially upped their commitment,' a pleased Trump announced.

NATO devolved into chaos on Thursday as President Trump reportedly threatened to pull out of the organization if countries refuse to meet not only a 2 percent spending commitment but double it to four.

Trump reportedly told leaders the U.S. would go it alone if NATO nations do not step up their contributions. 

The U.S. president headed into his second day of NATO talks determined to convince fellow world leaders that they must hike the organization's defense spending levels.

Trump said once again that the United States is paying far too much for their collective security and that all nations, especially the wealthy ones, need to jack their contributions up.

'On top of it all, Germany just started paying Russia, the country they want protection from, Billions of Dollars for their Energy needs coming out of a new pipeline from Russia,' he tweeted. 'Not acceptable! All NATO Nations must meet their 2% commitment, and that must ultimately go to 4%!' 

Trump will spend hours with world leaders behind closed doors before departing Brussels on Thursday afternoon for a two-day swing through the U.K.

The president who championed the 'Art of the Deal' indicated that he was ready for battle in the morning by dashing off new tweets that were critical of NATO's defense position. 

Instead of asking allies to meet an uncontested 2 per cent goal that they agreed in 2014 to reach by 2024, Trump said they need to plan for 4 percent.

Addressing one of his own weaknesses, an alleged entanglement between his presidential campaign and Russia, Trump said that NATO allies should look in the mirror and consider what they might to differently to protect themselves from Vladimir Putin.

'Presidents have been trying unsuccessfully for years to get Germany and other rich NATO Nations to pay more toward their protection from Russia. They pay only a fraction of their cost. The U.S. pays tens of Billions of Dollars too much to subsidize Europe, and loses Big on Trade!' he complained.   

1,000 staff, helicopters, planes and his bomb-proof 'Beast': The incredible entourage following Donald Trump to Britain 
Two Boeing C17 Globemastet US Air Force planes delivered part of the Presidential Motorcade at Prestwick Airport, South Ayrshire, ahead of the visit of US President Donald Trump
Two Boeing C17 Globemastet US Air Force planes delivered part of the Presidential Motorcade at Prestwick Airport, South Ayrshire, ahead of the visit of US President Donald Trump

Two Boeing C17 Globemastet US Air Force planes delivered part of the Presidential Motorcade at Prestwick Airport, South Ayrshire, ahead of the visit of US President Donald Trump

Donald Trump will be accompanied by as many as 1,000 staff, a motorcade and multiple helicopters during his UK trip.

Here is what the presidential entourage is made up of:

- Air Force One

The US leader will emerge from Air Force One - one of two specially modified Boeing 747-200s.

The luxurious aircraft, carrying the tail codes 28000 and 29000, are highly customised and can act as a mobile command centre in the event of an attack on the United States.

The words 'United States of America', the Seal of the President of the United States and the American flag are all visible on the outside of the plane, making it instantly recognisable.

The aircraft has 4,000 square feet of floor space, including a Presidential suite with a large office and conference room, a medical suite that can be used as an operating room and two food preparation galleys that can feed 100 people at a time.

Overseas trips see additional staff and security flown over on an Air Force C-32, which is a modified Boeing 757.

- The Beast

The presidential motorcade, which includes two identical limousines, nicknamed The Beast, and other security and communications vehicles, is brought across by Air Force transport aircraft.

The Beast is a seven-seat black armoured limousine which reportedly costs two million US dollars (£1.5 million) and is designed to give Mr Trump the ultimate protection.

It can be turned into a sealed panic room with oxygen tanks, night-vision camera and reinforced steel plating said to be able to resist bullets, chemical attacks and bombs.

The Cadillac has Kevlar-reinforced tyres and steel rims that can keep the vehicle moving even if the tyres have been destroyed.

Bottles of the president's blood type are carried on board in case of a medical emergency, and a satellite phone enables communication to be maintained from anywhere in the world.

As well as being able to defend the president, the car also features a host of attacking capabilities, such as a pump-action shotgun and a tear gas cannon.

Several black Secret Service 4x4s took to the road with a police escort as part of the huge security operation
Several black Secret Service 4x4s took to the road with a police escort as part of the huge security operation

Several black Secret Service 4x4s took to the road with a police escort as part of the huge security operation

- Marine One

A number of presidential helicopters, either VH-3D Sea Kings or VH-60N White Hawks - which are known as Marine One when the president is on board - are also brought on overseas trips.

The Marine One helicopter is fitted with communications equipment, anti-missile defences and hardened hulls.

Staff and security personnel are ferried around in MV-22 Ospreys and CH-46s.

- Staff

Staff typically involved in an overseas trip include Secret Service post-standers, military communications specialists and White House aides.

The president has at his side at all times a White House doctor and one of five rotating military aides who carry the nuclear 'football' - equipped with communication tools and a book with prepared war plans.

There is always a group of 13 members of the press on such visits, including three wire reporters, two print reporters, four photographers, a three-person television crew, and a radio reporter.

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