LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II welcomed President Trump to Buckingham Palace on Monday with an honor guard and royal artillery salute, whereas Mr. Trump carried on an unpleasant dispute with the mayor of London, whom he referred to as a “stone chilly loser” and stated was doing a horrible job of operating Britain’s capital metropolis.
The juxtaposition of excessive pageantry and low name-calling, on the primary day of Mr. Trump’s state go to to Britain, captured but once more the odd swath that this president cuts on the world stage: impulsive and erratic, delighted by a lavish welcome however preoccupied by petty feuds or occasions again house.
It additionally showcased the deep ambivalence Mr. Trump’s go to has elicited. The British public largely rejects Mr. Trump and his insurance policies, however the governing elite acknowledges the necessity to reinforce the alliance with america because it negotiates Britain’s exit from the European Union.
Members of Britain’s royalty did their half, treating Mr. Trump and the primary girl, Melania Trump, to lunch, with plans later Monday for a lavish state banquet at Buckingham Palace. Mr. and Mrs. Trump additionally had afternoon tea with the Prince of Wales and his spouse, Duchess of Cornwall, at their residence, Clarence Home. The Trumps additionally laid a wreath at Westminster Abbey, the place England’s queens and kings are topped, married, and laid to relaxation.
However the stately narrative carried a extra rough-edged subtext. Even earlier than Air Pressure One touched down outdoors London, Mr. Trump was on Twitter, accusing the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, with whom he has feuded since 2016 over immigration, terrorism and different points, of being “nasty” to him, whereas misspelling the mayor’s identify and mocking his stature.
“Kahn jogs my memory very a lot of our dumb and incompetent Mayor of NYC, de Blasio, who has additionally carried out a horrible job — solely half his peak,” Mr. Trump stated in a message posted on Twitter, as he invoked one other pet goal, Mayor Invoice de Blasio of New York. Mr. Khan, he stated, ought to take note of London’s crime price.
The dispute performed out all day, with Conservative politicians stepping ahead to defend Mr. Trump and criticize Mr. Khan. It was a jarring counterpoint to the gauzy pictures of the president assembly the royal household, however it performed to Mr. Trump’s want, even when visiting certainly one of America’s closest allies, to have an adversary.
Mr. Khan, a Muslim of Pakistani extraction, had earlier described Mr. Trump as “simply probably the most egregious examples of a rising international risk” and likened the president’s language to that utilized by “fascists of the 20th century.” Specifically, he has singled out Mr. Trump’s effort to ban vacationers from Muslim international locations.
In a video the day earlier than Mr. Trump’s arrival, posted by Elle UK, Mr. Khan expanded his assault to gender points, saying the president was selling insurance policies that might relegate girls to second-class standing and drive them to have back-alley abortions.
“Your values and what you stand for,” he stated, “are the exact opposite of London’s values and the values within the nation.”
Mr. Trump had earlier castigated the mayor for his dealing with of a 2017 terrorist assault on the London Bridge that killed 11 folks. He repeated his criticism of Mr. Khan to Britain’s overseas secretary, Jeremy Hunt, as he greeted him on the tarmac. Mr. Hunt, for his half, lashed out at Mr. Khan and different Labour Get together leaders for boycotting Mr. Trump’s go to and main protests towards him.
Mr. Trump didn’t restrict himself to the mayor. Quickly after getting into the residence of the American ambassador, Robert Wooden Johnson IV, the president expressed his unhappiness with CNN’s protection of his arrival over Twitter.
“After watching it for a short time, I turned it off,” the president wrote. “All destructive & a lot Pretend Information, very unhealthy for U.S.”
Mr. Trump’s spirits appeared to have lifted by midday, when he arrived at Buckingham Palace, a three-mile journey he made by helicopter. In Might 2011, former President Barack Obama made the identical journey by motorcade, driving previous cheering crowds. Through the use of a helicopter, Mr. Trump prevented any risk of encountering protesters, although the principle demonstrations are anticipated on Tuesday.
On the palace, Mr. Trump inspected an honor guard with Prince Charles, whereas the queen watched, alongside Mrs. Trump and the Duchess of Cornwall, the spouse of Charles.
Following a non-public lunch, Queen Elizabeth confirmed Mr. Trump a group of items that appeared rigorously curated to mirror his pursuits. They included a map of New York from 1775, a pure historical past of the Carolinas, Florida and the Bahama Islands, and a desk dedicated to the Scottish hyperlinks, with golf-related photos, letters and a bolt of tartan-patterned Harris tweed. Mr. Trump owns a golf membership in Scotland.
Then he was off to put the wreath and tour Westminster Abbey. The president stopped at a slab of marble honoring Lord Byron, and inquired concerning the stones used to make the flooring.
Critics of Mr. Trump did their greatest to troll the president, with one group projecting a large purple baseball cap emblazoned with “U.S.S. John S. McCain” on Madame Tussauds museum. The White Home requested the Navy to cover a destroyer named after former Senator John McCain, a nemesis of Mr. Trump’s, when he visited a naval base in Japan final week.
The group, an anti-Brexit group generally known as Led by Donkeys, additionally projected wildly divergent British approval numbers of Mr. Trump and former President Barack Obama on the Tower of London (21 p.c versus 72 p.c, in accordance with a YouGov ballot).
Mr. Trump’s conflict with Mr. Khan intruded on what was imagined to be the much less political of the president’s two full days in London. On Tuesday, the president is scheduled to go to Prime Minister Theresa Might at 10 Downing Road, three days earlier than she relinquishes management of her get together amid a deepening paralysis over Brexit.
Mr. Trump has been vocal about his want to see Britain make a clear break from the European Union. In an interview with the Sunday Instances of London, revealed earlier than he had left Washington, the president stated Britain ought to “stroll away” from Brexit negotiations to extract higher phrases. He additionally recommended naming Nigel Farage, the chief of a pro-Brexit get together, because the nation’s principal negotiator.
And there have been transient reminders of one other contretemps that Mr. Trump set off simply earlier than leaving america.
Through the exhibit of items, cameras caught Prince Harry making a short look in the back of the room, however shortly ducking out once more.
The prince’s spouse, the Duchess of Sussex, previously generally known as Meghan Markle, an American actress, was deeply crucial of Mr. Trump in November 2016 simply earlier than he was elected. She doesn’t plan to satisfy Mr. Trump on this journey, British officers stated, as a result of she was on maternity go away.
When Mr. Trump was informed of these remarks final week by an interviewer for the British tabloid The Solar, he stated he didn’t know “she was nasty.” He then denied the comment, which was on an audio recording.