International desk – US President Donald Trump has arrived in London on a three-day official visit to discuss climate change and controversial Chinese technology firm among others with outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May.
Accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump, the US president landed by the Air Force One landed at Stansted Airport in the morning on Monday.
Trump is scheduled to meet members of the Royal Family during his stay in Britain, according to BBC.
Minutes before touching down, Trump criticised Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, with whom he has clashed in the past.
He tweeted that Khan – who had earlier said the UK should “not roll out the red carpet” for Trump – was a “stone cold loser”. The president added he was looking forward to his visit.
Protests are planned across the UK during the visit, including in London, Manchester, Belfast, and Birmingham.
Trump was greeted by US Ambassador to the UK Woody Johnson and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who said Trump mentioned to him “some of his very strong views about the Mayor of London” which he had also tweeted.
Trump’s tweet accused Khan of doing a “terrible job” as mayor, adding: “[He] 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.”
A spokesman for Khan said “childish insults” should be beneath the US President, adding: “Sadiq is representing the progressive values of London and our country, warning that Donald Trump is the most egregious example of a growing far-right threat around the globe.”
Although Trump has spoken of his admiration for Prime Minister May, there is expected to be differences of opinion during their talks, which begin on Tuesday, BBC said.
May will raise the issue of climate change, with a government spokesman again saying on Monday the UK was “disappointed by the US decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement in 2017”.
The two leaders are also expected to discuss Huawei, the Chinese technology firm. The US has blacklisted the Chinese firm for security reasons, while the UK may allow it to supply “non-core” components for its 5G network.