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US president Donald Trump arrived in London on Thursday for a three-day visit to the UK. The pomp of a black-tie dinner was somewhat spoiled that evening by the publication of a controversial interview Mr Trump gave to the tabloid Sun, although the president rowed back on some of his comments the following day after a meeting with UK prime minister Theresa May at Chequers.

The visit was also marked by protests in London and in Scotland, where Mr Trump flew on Friday evening.

An honour guard stands to receive US President Donald Trump (CR) and US First Lady Melania Trump (CL) as they disembark Air Force One at Stansted Airport, north of London on July 12, 2018, as he begins his first visit to the UK as US president. The four-day trip, which will include talks with Prime Minister Theresa May, tea with Queen Elizabeth II and a private weekend in Scotland, is set to be greeted by a leftist-organised mass protest in London on Friday. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SMIALOWSKIBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
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An RAF honour guard stands to receive Mr Trump and US first lady Melania Trump as they disembark from Air Force One at London’s Stansted airport on Thursday.

US President Donald Trump (L) and US First Lady Melania Trump (2L) escorted along the tarmac by their welcome committee of Britain's International Trade Secretary Liam Fox (2R), Lord-Lieutenant of Essex Jennifer Tolhurst (R) and US Ambassador to the United Kingdom Woody Johnson (C) after disembarking Air Force One at Stansted Airport, north of London on July 12, 2018, as he begins his first visit to the UK as US president. The four-day trip, which will include talks with Prime Minister Theresa May, tea with Queen Elizabeth II and a private weekend in Scotland, is set to be greeted by a leftist-organised mass protest in London on Friday. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
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Mr and Mrs Trump are escorted along the tarmac by UK international trade secretary Liam Fox, Lord Lieutenant of Essex Jennifer Tolhurst and US ambassador to the UK Woody Johnson.

© Licensed to London News Pictures. 12/07/2018. London, UK. People watch from the top of Primrose Hill as President Trump comes into land on Marine One at the Regent's Park home of the US Ambassador at the start of his visit to the UK. Photo credit: Peter Macdiarmid/LNP
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People watch from the top of Primrose Hill in London as Mr Trump’s helicopter, Marine One, comes into land at the Regent’s Park home of the US ambassador to the UK.

dpatop - US President Donald Trump (L) arrives to a dinner hosted by UK Prime Minister Theresa May at Blenheim Palace in Blenheim, England, 12 July 2018. Photo: Joel Goodman/London News Pictures via ZUMA/dpa
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Mr Trump with UK prime minister Theresa May at Blenheim Palace ahead of a black-tie dinner with business leaders.

TOPSHOT - (L-R) US First Lady Melania Trump, US President Donald Trump, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, and her husband Philip May stand on the steps in the Great Court to watch the bands of the Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards perform a ceremonial welcome as they arrive for a black-tie dinner with business leaders at Blenheim Palace, west of London, on July 12, 2018, on the first day of President Trump's visit to the UK. The four-day trip, which will include talks with Prime Minister Theresa May, tea with Queen Elizabeth II and a private weekend in Scotland, is set to be greeted by a leftist-organised mass protest in London on Friday. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
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Mrs Trump, Mr Trump, Mrs May and her husband Philip May on the steps of Blenheim Palace’s Great Court to watch the bands of the Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards perform a ceremonial welcome.

Protesters against the visit of US President Donald Trump gather with placards at a barrier set up to block access to the US ambassador's residence Winfield House in Regents Park in London on July 12, 2018 where Trump is set to spend the night on the first day of a UK visit. The four-day trip, which will include talks with Prime Minister Theresa May, tea with Queen Elizabeth II and a private weekend in Scotland, is set to be greeted by a leftist-organised mass protest in London on Friday. / AFP PHOTO / Tolga AKMENTOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images
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Protesters with placards at a barrier set up to block access to the US ambassador’s residence, Winfield House, in Regent’s Park.

A six-meter high cartoon baby blimp of U.S. President Donald Trump hovers next to the statue of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, as it is flown as a protest against his visit, in Parliament Square in London, England, Friday, July 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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A 6m-high blimp depicting Mr Trump as a baby hovers next to the statue of former UK prime minister Winston Churchill in London’s Parliament Square in protest at the president’s visit.

U.S. First Lady Melania Trump plays bowls she meets British military veterans known as "Chelsea Pensioners" at The Royal Hospital Chelsea in central London Friday, July 13, 2018. The pensioners, known for their scarlet coats and tricorne hats are a cherished British institution and are often seen parades, state events and other grand occasions. Smiling in rear is Philip May, the husband of British Prime Minister Theresa May. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, Pool)
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Mrs Trump plays bowls as she meets children and British military veterans at The Royal Hospital Chelsea in central London on Friday.

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, with British Prime Minister Theresa May, right, during their meeting at Chequers, in Buckinghamshire, England, Friday, July 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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Mr Trump and Mrs May during their meeting at Chequers, the prime minister’s country residence in Buckinghamshire, on Friday.

epa06885622 Tens of thousands of people take part in a Stop Trump Coalition - Stop the War Protest against the US President Donal J. Trump visit in London, Britain, 13 July 2018. Trump is on a working visit to Britain. EPA/ANDY RAIN
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Tens of thousands of people take part in a protest against Mr Trump’s visit in central London on Friday.

US President Donald Trump walks with Prime Minister Theresa May prior to a joint press conference at Chequers, her country residence in Buckinghamshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 13, 2018. See PA story POLITICS Trump. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Donald Trump walks withTheresa May before a joint press conference at Chequers on Friday © PA

Mr Trump and Mrs May head for a joint press conference at Chequers on Friday afternoon.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II escorts US President Donald Trump and US First Lady Melania Trump into Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London, on July 13, 2018 on the second day of Trump's UK visit.
			Queen Elizabeth II welcomed US President Donald Trump for tea at Windsor Castle on Friday -- a meeting which many Britons find the toughest part of his already contentious trip to swallow. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
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The Queen greets Mr and Mrs Trump at Windsor Castle, where she gave them tea.

Police checks at Trump Turnberry resort in South Ayrshire as the US President Donald Trump is expected as part of his visit to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 13, 2018. See PA story POLITICS Trump. Photo credit should read: John Linton/PA Wire
Part of the protective police cordon around Turnberry, the Scottish golf resort where Mr Trump will be staying for the weekend. © PA

Part of the protective police cordon around Turnberry, the Scottish golf resort where Mr Trump will be staying for the weekend.

epa06886773 David Mundell, the Secretary of State for Scotland looks on as US President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump leave Prestwick Airport, ahead of a visit to Trump Turnberry golf course, Ayrshire, Scotland 13 July 2018. US President Trump is on a three-day working visit to the United Kingdom, his first trip to the country as US president.  EPA/Robert Perry
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Mr Trump in profile in the back his car heading for Turnberry after arriving at Prestwick airport to be greeted by the Scottish secretary, David Mundell.

A Greenpeace protester flying a paraglider passes over Donald Trump's resort in Turnberry, South Ayrshire, with a banner reading "Trump: Well Below Par", shortly after the US President arrived at the hotel. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 13, 2018. See PA story POLITICS Trump. Photo credit should read: John Linton/PA Wire
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A Greenpeace protester flies a microlight over the Trump resort at Turnberry with a banner reading ‘Trump: Well Below Par’ shortly after the US president arrived at the hotel.

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