Fist Bumps, Penises And Insults: Trump's First 24 Hours In England
The man who once labelled himself "Mr Brexit" has touched down in London and it's already proving to be an eventful trip.
It all started on Sunday night, the eve of Donald Trump's visit to the United Kingdom.
The President fired up on social media insisting he never called the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, "nasty" during an interview with The Sun newspaper, despite an audio recording proving he did.
"I never called Meghan Markle “nasty.” Made up by the Fake News Media, and they got caught cold," he tweeted.
In the recording, a reporter can be heard asking about Meghan and whether he was sorry to miss her this trip, despite her being a vocal critic of Trump, labelling him "divisive" and a "misogynist".
"I didn't know that. What can I say? I didn't know that she was nasty," he responded, before later denying the statement.
Several hours later, as he was preparing to touch down in the U.K., Trump was back on Twitter, reigniting his political feud with London mayor Sadiq Khan, labelling him a "stone cold loser".
"Sadiq Khan, who by all accounts has done a terrible job as Mayor of London, has been foolishly 'nasty' to the visiting President of the United States, by far the most important ally of the United Kingdom," he wrote.
To be fair, that was after Khan effectively called the president a modern-day authoritarian in an op-ed for 'The Guardian' days earlier.
As Trump was firing off these very tweets, news spread of a special gift being prepared for the President upon arrival.
A teenager mowed an anti-Trump message, complete with a giant penis, into the grass of his family home, and was hoping the president would catch a glimpse as Air Force One approached the airport.
"Oi Trump," it read. "Climate change is real."
It came after the White House instructed a U.S. government department to cease predicting the long-term effect of climate change.
Now to his more official welcome.
As the president was preparing to make his landing, protestors gathered outside Buckingham Palace, some holding anti-Trump signs, others pre-Trump banners.
The President received a very warm welcome from the Queen, the Prince of Wales and other officials, which included two 41-gun salutes.
Greeting the Queen wasn't only a highlight for Trump, but the press too.
His 'fist bump' type handshake was quick to make headlines.
A first for Her Majesty, we're sure.
His three adult children tagged along for the visit, but they weren't publicly greeted by the Queen and other senior royals. They were ushered through the back door -- probably -- and sent upstairs to watch the ceremony from afar.
As you can see, Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner were impressed.
The state banquet at Buckingham Palace went off without a hitch.
Donald Trump praised the "eternal friendship" between the U.K. and U.S. while the Queen said the countries were celebrating an alliance which had ensured the "safety and prosperity of both our peoples for decades".
"I am confident our common values and shared interests will continue to unite us."
All parties looked incredibly stoked to be there.
It seems the controversy is just a taste of what is to come, with a much larger rally against Mr Trump scheduled for Tuesday, and more official meetings in order.
Trump will meet with business leaders on Tuesday and is also scheduled to hold a joint media conference with outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May.
On Wednesday, his final day, he will attend D-Day commemorations at Portsmouth with leaders from more than a dozen countries, including Australia.