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The US president and First Lady Melania Trump were given a rep carpet reception at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, where the prime

minister pressed her case for an ambitious new trade deal after Brexit.

Addressing Mr Trump in front of an audience of business leaders at Winston Churchill's birthplace, Mrs May insisted that Brexit provides an opportunity for an "unprecedented" agreement to boost jobs and growth.

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US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania are welcomed by Prime Minister Theresa May
Image:Mrs May pressed for a new trade deal with the US

And in an apparent plea to the president to remember his allies when he meets Vladimir Putin on Monday, Mrs May noted that Britain and America work closely on security "whether through targeting Daesh terrorists or standing up to Russian aggression".

In a scene reminiscent of their White House meeting last year, the UK and US leaders held hands as they walked up steps to the palace to watch the bands of the Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards.

President Trump is treated to a military ceremony in Blenheim Palace’s Great Court, with a performance of the Liberty Fanfare by the bands of the Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards #TrumpUKVisit

Follow all the latest updates from Trump’s visit here: https://t.co/nMVl3kgCN4pic.twitter.com/4H2fx1PKoA

— Sky News (@SkyNews) July 12, 2018
Theresa May and Donald Trump hold hands
Image:Ms May and Mr Trump held hands as they entered the palace

The Trumps arrived at the grounds on the president's Marine One helicopter and therefore avoided the estimated 1,000 protesters gathered outside.

Scores of noisy demonstrators also turned up outside the US ambassador's residence in Regent's Park in London where the president and first lady are spending the night.

Protesters gathered outside the US ambassador's residence
Image:Protesters gathered outside the US ambassador's residence

Mr Trump and his wife landed at Stansted Airport on Thursday afternoon for the start of a four-day trip to the UK, his first since taking office in 2016.

The couple then flew by helicopter to the US ambassador's residence, Winfield House, where the Beatles' song We Can Work It Out was playing in the garden on their arrival.

Donald and Melania Trump arrive at Stansted
Welcome to Stansted, Mr President

On Friday, Mr Trump will again meet Mrs May at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst to watch a military demonstration.

The president and first lady will then head to Windsor Castle to meet the Queen before leaving for Scotland in the evening.

Thousands of people are expected to join two large demonstrations in London, while a "blimp" of Mr Trump as a snarling baby is due to be flown near parliament on Friday morning.

The Trump baby blimp which Leo Murray wants to fly over London
Image:The Trump baby blimp will fly near parliament on Friday

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has urged those attending the protests not to cause trouble.

"My message to those coming to the protests in London is that this must be peaceful and good-spirited," he said.

"To those intent on causing trouble or breaking the law, I simply say: you are not welcome."

A police chief apologised after it was revealed officers securing Mr Trump's visit to the UK were being forced to sleep in conditions described as an "absolute disgrace".

Prisoners arrested last night will have had better accommodation than those #police officers ensuring the Presidential visit runs smoothly. @PoliceChiefs who talk well-being of their people need to take a long hard look at this. This is not acceptable. pic.twitter.com/B81tI8zQaC

— John Apter (@Hantsfedchair) July 12, 2018

Hundreds of officers were to stay in cramped lines of camp beds filling a vast gymnasium and sleeping mats on the floor of squash courts between long shifts policing the US president's trip.

Essex Police's Assistant Chief Constable Pippa Mills accepted the conditions were "not acceptable" and alternative accommodation had been found.