In case the petition to block Donald Trump’s entry to the UK doesn’t get approved, he’s sent over a list of demands for his big entrance.
According to the Times, the White House has made it clear that the US President must be welcomed with a procession down the Mall in the Queen’s golden coach.
Such a grandiose entrance will require a ‘monster’ security operation because of the thousands of British people who will flock to protest him.
Barack Obama chose to spare us the cost of such a high risk entrance when he was welcomed by the Queen in 2011, opting for an armoured motorcade.
The Metropolitan Police are already gearing up for the October visit, trying to find a way to balance the public’s right to protest and the safety of the POTUS.
One source said that Trump’s decision to opt for a carriage instead of a bullet and bomb proof car has created a huge headache.
The source said to the Times:
The vehicle which carries the president of the United States is a spectacular vehicle. It is designed to withstand a massive attack like a low-level rocket grenade.
If he’s in that vehicle he is incredibly well protected and on top of that it can travel at enormous speed. If he is in a golden coach being dragged up the Mall by a couple of horses, the risk factor is dramatically increased.
There may well be protections in that coach such as bulletproof glass, but they are limited. In particular it is very flimsy.
It would not be able to put up much resistance in the face of a rocket propelled grenade or high-powered ammunition. Armour-piercing rounds would make a very bad show of things.
Security officials have made the point that it will be difficult to make the area and carriage secure.
Maybe if he distracts us all with insane requests, we’ll forget all of his pitfalls for a second.