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6:14 a.m. ET, June 4, 2019

Trump does not deserve "honor" of state visit, UK's shadow foreign secretary tells CNN

Dominic Lipinski/Getty Images
Dominic Lipinski/Getty Images

The foreign affairs spokeswoman for the UK's opposition Labour Party has launched a blistering attack on Donald Trump.

Speaking to CNN, Emily Thornberry, the shadow foreign secretary, listed a litany of complaints about Trump, including his policies on Iran, the Middle East and climate change.

And she said Trump was unfit to have been offered a state visit, with all the pageantry that it entails.

"It is wrong for you to be as racist as you are. It is wrong for you to be as misogynistic as you are. It is wrong for you to assault women. Why should we be afraid to say those things?" Thornberry added.

Thornberry noted that only three previous US Presidents had been welcomed on state visits.

"I don't think that this President, given his behavior, deserves the honor," she said, adding: "I do not see why our country should be a cute backdrop for President Trump's re-election campaign."

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who turned down an invitation to the state banquet for Trump at Buckingham Palace, will address protesters at a London rally against Trump's visit later on Tuesday.

Corbyn has attended state banquets and events for other controversial world leaders who have faced questions over their human rights records, including Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Asked if it was hypocritical of Corbyn to boycott Monday evening's event, Thornberry said it was "a good question," but that the Labour Party was taking a different approach towards Trump "because of our closeness to America."

5:50 a.m. ET, June 4, 2019

Here's what Melania Trump is doing today

From CNN's Kate Bennett

Trump signs the visitors book during the visit to Westminster Abbey with First Lady Melania Trump on Monday in London.
Trump signs the visitors book during the visit to Westminster Abbey with First Lady Melania Trump on Monday in London. Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Melania Trump is joining the President at Downing Street today. She'll attend a garden party there while the President has meetings.

Prime Minister Theresa May’s husband, Philip May, is hosting the first lady at the event, and he will also give her a tour of Downing Street and join her for tea. 

5:40 a.m. ET, June 4, 2019

The first event on Trump's schedule today is a business breakfast

From CNN"s Kevin Liptak

President Trump is starting his second day in the UK with a breakfast of business chiefs at the Tudor-era St. James's Palace.

He's there with outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May. They're also joined by the President's daughter and senior adviser Ivanka Trump and a dozen or so executives from American and British firms.

At the start of the session, Trump said it had been an "honor" working with his British counterpart and joked she should delay her departure as prime minister until a new trade deal is struck.

"It's an honor to have worked with you," Trump told May. "Stick around. Let's do this deal."

5:35 a.m. ET, June 4, 2019

If you missed Trump's first day in the UK, here's how it played out

From CNN's Kevin Liptak


President Trump's first day in the UK was filled with pomp and ceremony as he met with the Queen for an official state visit.

If you didn't catch all the action yesterday, here's what you need to know about how the day unfolded:

  • The welcome: Trump's first stop was at Buckingham Palace, where the Queen welcomed the President in the gardens as a guard of honor marched past and gun salutes were fired in nearby Green Park and from the Tower.
  • Lunch with the Queen: He inspected a cordon of guardsmen with Prince Charles before he had lunch with the Queen, who then took him on a tour of the royal collection, a collection of artifacts.
  • A trip to Westminster Abbey: Later, Trump went to the historic church for a wreath-laying ceremony and a tour.
  • Afternoon tea: He also had afternoon tea with Prince Charles, who has ardently warned of climate change for years. 
  • The state dinner: In the evening was the centerpiece of the visit — a state banquet back at Buckingham Palace, where both the Queen and Trump delivered toasts before a few hundred guests.

5:18 a.m. ET, June 4, 2019

Trump Baby blimp takes to the skies


We have lift off! The "Trump baby" blimp has been inflated and is floating in the London skies, next to the Houses of Parliament.

The balloon became one of the key images of British protests against Donald Trump during his working visit to the country last year.

Set up by a team of "Trump Babysitters," it took about an hour to inflate.

"He’s hilarious, he's so funny, we love him, but he makes a really serious point," Zoe Gardner, one of the organizers of the blimp protest, told CNN.

"People in the country really, really dislike Trump, and really are outraged at his policies," she said, citing the Trump administration's stances on climate change, migrants, abortion and gay adoption rights. "That kind of thing really doesn’t sit well with the British public."

The "Trump baby" will fly outside Parliament for a couple of hours, while protesters gather nearby in Trafalgar Square for a rally.

6:05 a.m. ET, June 4, 2019

Trump tells May: "Stick around, let's do this deal"


US President Donald Trump and Theresa May, the UK's outgoing prime minister, have just opened their breakfast roundtable with business leaders. It's the first political meeting on Trump's itinerary for his UK visit.

May opened the discussion by mentioning her intention to secure a "bilateral trade agreement" with the US -- something the British government is desperate to pin down as the UK heads towards its twice-delayed exit from the European Union.

"I think there are huge opportunities to seize," May said.

Trump told May: "I very much appreciate the relationship we've had ... It's been outstanding -- I guess some people know that, some people don’t, but you and I know it."

"We are your largest partner, you're our largest partner, a lot of people don’t know that. I was surprised, I made that statement yesterday and a lot of people said, ‘Gee, I didn’t know that,' but that’s the way it is," Trump said.

He added that there was an opportunity to "tremendously enlarge" the trading relationship between both countries. "I think we’ll have a very substantial trade deal."

Trump then nodded to May's impending exit -- she's resigning as leader of the Conservative Party on Friday.

"I just want to congratulate you on having done a fantastic job," he said. "I don’t know exactly what your timing is, but stick around, lets do this deal," he told her, to laughs around the table.

The press have now left the room, and the leaders have begun their talks.

4:38 a.m. ET, June 4, 2019

Theresa May's gift for Donald Trump

Outgoing British Prime Minister Theresa May will present Donald Trump with a copy of Winston Churchill's personal draft of the Atlantic Charter when they meet today.

The 1941 document set out the Allied goals for a post-war world, written by Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

It's the second Churchill-themed gift Trump has received on his state visit; yesterday, the Queen gave him a first edition of one of Churchill's books about the Second World War.

The monarch's speech at Monday's state banquet also nodded to post-war cooperation between the two nations, which is becoming something of a theme for the visit.

5:14 a.m. ET, June 4, 2019

Protesters prepare to follow Trump

A Trump robot is set up in Trafalgar Square on Tuesday morning.
A Trump robot is set up in Trafalgar Square on Tuesday morning. CNN

Anti-Trump activists will kick off a day of protests this morning, by flying the "Trump Baby" blimp outside the Houses of Parliament.

The day's main rally will begin in Trafalgar Square at 11 a.m (6 a.m. ET), with protesters heading towards Downing Street to voice their displeasure at Trump's welcome in the UK, though they will not be allowed to march along Whitehall past the entrance of Downing Street.

Aside from the blimp, the protest will also feature a 16-foot robot version of Trump sitting on the toilet and tweeting, which has already been wheeled into position.

Organizers hope the protests will rival last year's demonstrations, when huge crowds of people took to the streets to protest against the President's working visit.

Trump tweeted on Monday evening: "Tremendous crowds of well wishers and people that love our Country. Haven’t seen any protests yet, but I’m sure the Fake News will be working hard to find them."

3:45 a.m. ET, June 4, 2019

What's on Trump's itinerary on Tuesday?

After a ceremonial welcome, a state banquet and a spot of tea with the royals on day one, the focus of Donald Trump's state visit to the UK shifts to politics on day two.

The President will join outgoing UK Prime Minister Theresa May for a breakfast meeting alongside the Duke of York and senior UK and US business leaders at St. James's Palace.

Then he'll head to Downing Street for talks with May, followed by a live press conference.

This evening, the Trumps will host a reciprocal dinner for the royals at Winfield House, the US Ambassador's London residence in Regent's Park, where they are staying during their trip.

The couple will be hoping to avoid getting too close to anti-Trump protests, which will be taking place across London throughout the day.

Activists plan to hound the US President, following him as he moves from meeting to meeting. And yes, the Trump Baby blimp will be back...