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American flag flies in Tintagel as Donald Trump arrives in UK

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Published by Sarah Yeoman at 10:14am 12th July 2018

A Cornish hotel owner is flying the American flag on the cliff tops of Tintagel - as Donald Trump arrives in the UK.

The US President is spending two days in Britain meeting Theresa May and having tea with the Queen.

John Mappin owns the Camelot Castle and he won over £100,000 after betting on Trump's victory in the presidential election.

Off the back of his big win, John says he received a personal phone call from President Trump’s son, Eric.

Eric thanked him for all his support during the election and invited John to “meet the family” when he next visited America.

John then received a separate invitation to the RNC Republican fundraiser from another acquaintance of his in the Trump administration.

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At the event, John was personally called into a separate room for a private introduction with the President and First Lady, making him the third Briton at the time (after Theresa May and Nigel Farage) to have a personal meeting with both the current US President and First Lady.

Now he's celebrating Mr. Trump's first official visit to the UK.

John told Pirate FM: "We'll keep the flag flying of course and we may be doing a fireworks display.

"But of course the weather in Cornwall is so glorious at the moment that it is very, very dry.

"The last thing I want to do set the cliff tops of Tintagel alight."

So, will the President be paying a special visit to the north coast of the Duchy?

John added: "It's still up in the air, he knows he's invited to Camelot Castle, and the helipad is ready.

"It probably won't happen on this occasion but you never know with Donald Trump."

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Meantime, thousands of officers will be on duty as Trump's visit is met by the biggest UK police operation since the August 2011 riots.

Police from nearly every force have been called up for the US president's arrival, as demonstrators prepare to protest against his first trip to the UK.

Mr Trump is expected to avoid central London, where the bulk of protests will take place, instead visiting Blenheim Palace, Chequers, and Windsor Castle during his trip on Thursday and Friday.

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The security operation is estimated to cost between £8m and £10m and will put police under "unquestionable pressure", according to Police Federation chairman Simon Kempton, who said operations were likely to become "merely reactive" during the visit.

Police specialists from firearms, public order, traffic and special escort teams will all be involved in making sure the controversial trip goes smoothly.

Assistant Chief Constable Chris Shead, from the National Police Coordination Centre, said: "Police forces are working together on a significant, multi-faceted security operation supporting the presidential visit to the UK.

"Nearly all police forces in England and Wales are providing officers and resources to assist with the operations in areas hosting the visit."

Police chiefs have warned the massive deployment will have an impact for months, as officers take days off for Trump-related overtime and potentially cause difficulty for colleagues left behind.

The president comes to the UK from a NATO summit where he again ruffled feathers, claiming Germany was "captive" to Russia over its energy supply; and suggesting members should commit to spending 4% of their GDP on defence - double the current goal.

While in the UK, he is set to travel between locations in his bulletproof "Beast" limousine, surrounded by dozens of police and security service vehicles.

As well as meeting the Queen at Windsor, also on Mr Trump's schedule is a journey to Scotland where he owns two golf courses and will spend the weekend.

Mr Trump this week described the UK as a country "in turmoil", alluding to the political drama that saw David Davis and Boris Johnson resign over the prime minister's Brexit plans.

He said it was "up to the people" whether Theresa May remains as PM and suggested he would make time to visit his "friend", former foreign secretary Mr Johnson.

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