• Eve Webster

Trump to visit Oxford(shire)

(This article was originally published at https://cherwell.org/2018/06/26/trump-to-visit-oxford/ in June 2018)

Donald Trump is scheduled to visit Oxfordshire during his upcoming tour of Britain, according to national reports.

His three-day visit to the UK is “likely” to include a meal at Winston Churchill’s birthplace, Blenheim Palace, on the 12th of July.

Trump’s advisers are expected to visit the UK within the next few weeks to finalise the itinerary of the controversial trip.

The visit will be the first the president has made to the UK since his election of to office in November 2016. The tour will not be afforded the full ceremony of an official state visit.

Due to the large anti-Trump protest scheduled to take place in London during the visit, the president’s time in the capital will be limited.

53,000 people are expected to attend the protest against the visit.

According to reports, 10,000 police officers will be relied upon to protect the president from any protests or potential terror attacks. 40 police cars and motorbike outriders will also be available for whenever Trump travels by road.

A warm reception cannot be guaranteed in Oxfordshire either. Protesters quickly began to campaign against Trump’s visit to the county, soon after its likelihood was reported.

Oxford West and Abingdon MP, Layla Moran, has pledged to relocate her anti-Trump protest from central London to Blenheim Palace in response to the the rumours.

Trisha Greenhalgh, a leading academic in medicine at the University of Oxford, informed her 36,000 Twitter followers of the proposed date of the visit, telling them “Pink hats are needed folks” before offering one of said hats to MP Layla Moran.

The reference to “pink hats” in Greenhalgh’s tweet alludes to the “Pussyhats”, a symbol of anti-Trumpism and feminist solidarity. These hats were originally worn by protesters in the Women’s Marches held in January of last year, partly in response to Trump’s election.

Following his meal at Blenheim Palace, the president to due to visit Theresa May at her Buckinghamshire country retreat, The Chequers, and then to travel to meet the Queen at Windsor Palace.

On the final day of the president’s “best of British” tour, Trump is also scheduled to visit his Turnberry golf course in Scotland.

Following a police meeting and crime panel held last Friday, Anthony Stansfeld, Thames Valley police and crime commissioner, stated that he had not yet received detailed information regarding Trump’s visit.

Stansfeld also explained that more information regarding the Presidential visit would soon be shared with the public.

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