US President Donald Trump has shrugged off protests planned across the United Kingdom ahead of his arrival there Thursday, claiming he is very popular in Britain because of his hardline stance on immigration.
Ambassador Johnson's sentiment has been echoed by a number of residents in the north of England, who say that whether they agree with the president or not, he is worthy of respect as America's leader.
Potentially tens of thousands are expected to march to a rally in Trafalgar Square on Friday afternoon, organized by the "Stop Trump Coalition".
Trump added that the U.K.is a "pretty hot spot", given the recent upheaval in the government there.
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One such protest will entail a 19-foot-high orange balloon shaped like Trump as a baby, which London Mayor Sadiq Khan - who's feuded with the president - approved under "the right to peaceful protest".
His "America First" policies, including the decision to pull the US out of the Paris climate accord and the nuclear deal with Iran, also have brought him into conflict with Britain's leaders over substantive geopolitical issues.
Once in the UK, Trump and the First Lady will travel to the magnificent Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire for a black tie dinner with around 100 leading business figures and UK politicians.
On the final leg of the tour, the couple will fly to Scotland, where they plan to spend the weekend and where Trump is expected to hit the golf course.
Rarely has a foreign leader been so mocked on an official visit - London's mayor, a Muslim who has challenged Mr. Trump's world view - okayed the balloon, which is an apt symbol of Mr. Trump's tempestuous relationship with Britain, traditionally the United States' closest ally.
After spending the night at the USA ambassador's official residence in Regent's Park, London, the United States president will join the Theresa May at a military base on Friday to view a joint counter-terrorism exercise involving UK and U.S. special forces.
"It's typical, but honestly Donald Trump's legacy will outlive any big orange balloon and the matters that will be discussed at Chequers and now in Brussels are much more important and will have a much longer effect than any day rally", she said.
Later, Trump will go to Windsor Castle for tea with 92-year-old Queen Elizabeth.
He said: "I recently read a story that in London, which has unbelievably tough gun laws, a once very prestigious hospital right in the middle is like a war zone for disgusting stabbing wounds".
The pair will discuss relations with Russia, Brexit and trade ties, Downing Street officials said, after Trump recently slapped tariffs on European Union steel and aluminum imports.
Then, to rest up from meetings and dinners, he'll head to Scotland to play golf.