Donald Trump meets Queen Elizabeth II on state visit

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By Jonathan Allen

LONDON — Arriving to a royal welcome from the British monarch and government and a collective raspberry from much of the public, President Donald Trump landed in England Monday morning for his first official state visit to the U.K. — one that comes directly on the heels of the American president injecting himself into British domestic politics.

In addition to weighing into a race for the prime minister’s job and negotiations over “Brexit” this weekend, Trump managed to ruffle British feathers while he was on Air Force One Monday. In a pair of tweets sent just before he stepped off the plane, Trump continued his public feud with London mayor Sadiq Khan, who wrote a scathing comment piece about Trump in a weekend newspaper.

A mostly ceremonial trip that will wrap up in France with the 75th anniversary of the Allies storming the beach at Normandy, Trump’s visit promises to mix in statecraft at the margins of an official schedule full of pomp.

It was the latter on the menu at Buckingham Palace, where the president and First Lady Melania Trump made their first official stop shortly after noon local time. Touching down in Marine One on the sweeping garden beneath the West Terrace of Queen Elizabeth II’s residence and administrative headquarters, the Trumps were greeted by Charles, Prince of Wales, and Camilla Parker Bowles, the Duchess of Cornwall.

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