By Brian Moses MBowe-
NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS, Denver, Colorado- U.S. President Donald Trump started on Monday his first official three days State visit to Britain. Before Air Force One had touched down, President Trump attacked London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan. Responded by criticizing Khan’s record as Mayor on twitter and attacking the London Mayor, over his height. He said, to Khan, who by all accounts has done a terrible job as Mayor of London, has been foolishly ‘nasty’ to the visiting President of the United States, by far the most important ally of the United Kingdom. He is a stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London, not me,” Trump wrote on Twitter as Air Force One was about to land in Britain. Kahn reminds me very much of our very dumb and incompetent Mayor of NYC, de Blasio, who has also done a terrible job. Only half his height. In any event, I look forward to being a great friend to the United Kingdom, and am looking very much forward to my visit. Landing now.
Monday afternoon, London Mayor Khan posted a video message that began President Trump, if you are watching this, your values and what you stand for, are the opposite of London’s values and the values of this Country.
Trump also tweeted, just arrived, in the United Kingdom. The only problem is that at CNN is the primary source of news available from the U.S. After watching it for a short while, I turned it off. All negative & so much Fake News, very bad for U.S. Big ratings drop. Why doesn’t owner at ATT do something?
Trump received a royal salute as he arrived in Britain for a State visit, making his way to Buckingham Palace to greet Queen Elizabeth and other Members of the British Royal family. As the British military band played the U.S. National anthem. Prince Charles walked with Trump to inspect the guard of honor and stopping occasionally talking with service members. Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump in the evening attended a banquet at Buckingham Palace, as a guest of Queen Elizabeth. Queen Elizabeth and President Trump deliver speeches at State banquet.
Below are the queen’s remarks as prepared.
I am delighted to welcome you and Mrs. Trump to Buckingham Palace this evening, just twelve months after our first meeting at Windsor Castle. Visits by American Presidents always remind us of the close and longstanding friendship between the United Kingdom and the United States, and I am so glad that we have another opportunity to demonstrate the immense importance that both our countries attach to our relationship.
In the coming days, you will see some of our most treasured historical buildings, speak to the business leaders whose expertise and innovation drive our economies, and meet members of our Armed Services, past and present. You will also travel to Portsmouth and Normandy to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.
On that day – and on many occasions since – the Armed Forces of both our countries fought side-by-side to defend our cherished values of liberty and democracy. Mr. President, in your State of the Union Address this year, you paid tribute to some of the American heroes who risked their lives, and we owe an immeasurable debt to the British, American and Allied soldiers who began the liberation of Europe on 6th June 1944.
I paid my first State Visit to your country at the invitation of President Eisenhower. As Supreme Allied Commander, he had ultimate responsibility for the execution of the Normandy landings. In his headquarters in St James’s Square – not far from Buckingham Palace – British and American officers worked closely together to plan the freedom of a continent, and it would be no exaggeration to say that millions of lives depended on their common endeavor.
As we face the new challenges of the Twenty First Century, the anniversary of D-Day reminds us of all that our countries have achieved together. After the shared sacrifices of the Second World War, Britain and the United States worked with other allies to build an assembly of international institutions, to ensure that the horrors of conflict would never be repeated. While the world has changed, we are forever mindful of the original purpose of these structures: nations working together to safeguard a hard won peace.
Of course, it is not only our security which unites us; but our strong cultural links and shared heritage. Every year, there are almost four million visits by Americans to the United Kingdom, with a great number claiming British descent. And with your own Scottish ancestry, Mr. President, you too have a particular connection to this country.
We are also bound by the strength and breadth of our economic ties, as the largest investors in each other’s economies. British companies in the United States employ over one million Americans, and the same is true vice versa.
Mr. President, as we look to the future, I am confident that our common values and shared interests will continue to unite us. Tonight we celebrate an alliance that has helped to ensure the safety and prosperity of both our peoples for decades, and which I believe will endure for many years to come.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I invite you all to rise and drink a toast to President and Mrs. Trump, to the continued friendship between our two nations, and to the health, prosperity and happiness of the people of the United States.
President Trump then stood to give remarks thanking the Queen for her hospitality, and remembering the Lives lost and freedom won at D- Day.
U.S. President, will meet with outgoing British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday.
Reported by Brian Moses MBowe, New Africa Business News for North America and International Correspondent.
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