There will be a fancy dinner at the birthplace of Winston Churchill and a meeting with the Queen when Donald Trump makes his first official visit to the UK next week. But the US President will spend hardly any time in London, minimizing the risk of awkward encounters with angry protesters.
Announcing details of the itinerary on Friday, the UK government disclosed that Trump will attend a black-tie dinner hosted by Prime Minister Theresa May at Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of the UK's celebrated wartime leader. He will hold talks with May at her country retreat, and spend a night at the residence of the US ambassador in London.
But in a break from custom for a visit by a foreign leader, he will not visit Downing Street.
The US ambassador to London, Woody Johnson, rejected suggestions that the itinerary had been designed to avoid protestors. "The President is not avoiding anything," he told journalists. "The President is merely trying to get as impactful a trip as he can get in a 24 hour period."
Johnson said the President would use mostly the Marine One helicopter to get around. "This is a short trip. It's absolutely packed with things that he has to do. There's a lot of organization planning that went into it."
When a date for the UK trip -- billed as a "working visit" rather than a state occasion -- was finally confirmed last month, it ended a months-long back-and-forth over when Trump would at last pay a call on America's closest ally.