Donald Trump nearly left his wife Melania behind earlier today as he was seen boarding helicopter Marine One ahead of tomorrow’s Nato summit in London.
The President seemed to forget the First Lady, walking ahead of her before realising she wasn’t by his side, waiting for her on the lawn of the White House.
Video footage showed the First Lady running across the lawn in her heeled boots, as President Trump looked on, waiting for her to catch him up.
After finally catching up with her husband, the couple were pictured exchanging a few words, before they both departed by helicopter.
The US President’s visit will be his third official trip to Britain during his time at the White House and comes just ten days before the UK General Election.
Mr Trump made the short trip on Marine One from the White House to Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland before he boarded Air Force One bound for London.
It comes amid speculation he could wade into the election campaign, with all of the major political parties braced for a potential bombshell intervention this week.
Forget something? Video from the couple’s departure shows the President walking off towards Marine One, apparently unaware that his wife was not with him
There she is: Melania soon caught up to her husband, after walking quickly across the wet White House Lawn
Mr and Mrs Trump board Air force One as they leave Washington DC for London today, both carrying their own separate umbrellas
US President Donald Trump boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland today as he leaves Washington for Britain ahead of the Nato summit due to begin tomorrow
Mr Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk to board Air Force One in Maryland today. Trump was seen wearing a blue tie
Mrs Trump smiles and waves as she leaves the White House today before boarding Marine One. She is traveling with her husband to London
Mr Trump tweeted a video of take-off and referred to the House impeachment report on him which will be unveiled in the US today behind closed doors for key politicians
He tweeted a take-off video, writing: ‘Heading to Europe to represent our country and fight hard for the American people while the Do Nothing Democrats purposely scheduled an impeachment hoax hearing on the same date as Nato. Not nice!’
Mr Trump was referring to the House impeachment report on him which will be unveiled in the US today behind closed doors for key politicians.
Democrats are pushing ahead with the inquiry despite the White House’s declaration it will not participate in the first Judiciary Committee hearing.
Democrats claim the report will speak for itself over what they called the evidence of ‘wrongdoing and misconduct’ by the Republican over his actions towards Ukraine.
Mr Trump waves as he boards Air Force One today for a flight to London to attend the summit. He looks stern just before he puts his umbrella down
Mr Trump waves as he walks towards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base this morning. He is accompanied by several members of his team
Mr Trump walks to Marine One after speaking with reporters at the White House this morning. He looks slightly downcast despite the journey ahead
It comes as Nigel Farage warned UK politicians not to demonise Mr Trump as he claimed it would be a ‘great mistake’ to alienate him during his visit to Britain.
Donald Trump’s itenary for three-day UK visit
This morning: Mr Trump leaves Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland with wife Melania bound for London
Tonight: Mr Trump is due to land at an airport in London
Tomorrow: Mr Trump will attend a reception at Buckingham Palace with the Queen to welcome Nato leaders
Wednesday: Nato summit takes place at the Grove Hotel, near Watford
Mr Trump has previously expressed concern about the cost of Nato and has been unhappy at how much the other 28 members contribute.
In his State of the Union address earlier this year, he said that the US had been ‘treated very unfairly by friends of ours, members of Nato’ over a period of years.
During his presidential campaign he called the alliance ‘obsolete’ and criticised other members whose security he thought was being subsidised by the States.
However, he has since U-turned on that stance, to the relief of many, saying: ‘I said it was obsolete. It’s no longer obsolete.’
The two-day Nato summit will take place tomorrow and on Wednesday at the Grove Hotel in Chandler’s Cross on the outskirts of the Hertfordshire town of Watford.
Mr Trump is joined by wife Melania as he walks to board Marine One at the White House today. Melania was wearing a long navy coat
The Jefferson Memorial is visible as Mr Trump leaves the White House on Marine One today as the cold hits Washington
The President is set to visit Buckingham Palace for a reception tomorrow, before he joins world leaders at the golf resort near Watford the following day.
Mr Trump undertook a state visit to the UK between June 3 and 5 this year having visited for the first time as US President back in July 2018.
He remains a divisive figure in British politics and last night Mr Farage defended his ally as the Brexit Party leader took part in a seven-way ITV election debate.
Mr Farage came to Mr Trump’s defence after Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson said that while the special relationship is important she did not believe Mr Trump shared British values.
Nigel Farage, pictured on the ITV election debate last night with the Tories’ Rishi Sunak (left) and Plaid Cymru’s Adam Price (right), said it would be a ‘great mistake’ to demonise Mr Trump
Mr Farage clashed with Jo Swinson (pictured right) over how the UK should treat Mr Trump during the debate on Sunday night
Pointing to previous comments made by the US President about sexually assaulting women, Ms Swinson added: ‘The last thing we should have done is to roll out the red carpet for a state visit.’
But Mr Farage, who interviewed Mr Trump on his LBC radio show at the end of October, said that while some of the US President’s comments were wrong, it was essential to consider the national interest in maintaining links with the US.
He said: ‘It was crass and it was crude and it was wrong – men say dreadful things sometimes.
‘If all of us were called out for what we did on a night out after a drink, none of us would…’
At that point he was interrupted by Ms Swinson who said: ‘Is that what you do on a night out after a drink?’
Police outside The Grove hotel near Watford in Hertfordshire today ahead of the Nato summit. Traffic cones were also in place
Police outside The Grove hotel today which will host the Nato summit over the next few days. Officers were stationed outside the perimeters of the building
Police on motorbikes outside The Grove today as preparations are stepped up for the visit. Security will be high for the President’s visit
Mr Farage replied: ‘He is President of the USA and that relationship matters.
‘You are so anti-American you are prepared to put your hatred of Trump above our national interest. That is a great mistake.’
Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price said Mr Farage was wrong to defend the US President.
He said: ‘It can never be acceptable for a man to talk about grabbing a woman’s p***y. If you think it is you should be ashamed of yourself.’
A large temporary structure at The Grove hotel in Hertfordshire can be seen today. Some political leaders in the UK have critcised the President’s visit
Security at The Grove in Hertfordshire today ahead of the Nato leaders’ meeting this week. A festive Christmas tree is also seen at the entrance to the hotel
A sign warning drivers of delays near The Grove hotel in Hertfordshire is pictured today. The whole area is set to be affected by the visit
Meanwhile, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon claimed Boris Johnson was trying to pursue the same ‘strong man’ tactics of the US president.
She said: ‘Donald Trump’s attitudes are wrong and they are dangerous. In Boris Johnson we have got somebody who is trying to be like him.’
But Tory Chief Secretary to the Treasury Rishi Sunak said that the relationship with the US was essential to Britain’s national security and should not be denigrated.
‘The relationship we have with America is incredibly important for keeping us safe,’ he said.
Inside Winfield House: How Donald and Melania will stay at London mansion with 12.5 acres of land
By SEBASTIAN MURPHY-BATES FOR MAILONLINE
Donald and Melania Trump are expected to stay at the lavish mansion of Winfield House – the British residence of the US Ambassador – while visiting London.
The property occupies twelve and a half acres on the north-west side of Regent’s Park and has the second largest private garden in central London, after Buckingham Palace.
It was built by the famous American socialite Barbara Hutton in the 1930s. who was dubbed the ‘poor little rich girl’ because of her troubled life – and lived there for a period with her husband Cary Grant.
Winfield House occupies twelve and a half acres next to Regent’s Park in London and is the British residence of the US ambassador
The 35-room mansion replaced a John Nash building and was named after Hutton’s grandfather Frank Winfield Woolworth, founder of the retail stores. It has been the US Ambassador’s residence in London since 1955.
The house stands behind 15ft-high iron gates on land that was once part of a ‘great forest, with wooded glades and lairs of wild beasts, deer both red and fallow, wild bulls and boars’.
Half a century before the Norman Conquest the land belonged to the Abbey of Barking.
Over the years, King Henry VIII hunted there, Queen Elizabeth I used it for entertaining dignitaries, King James I offered it as collateral to raise money to go to war and King Charles II had the whole area ‘disparked’ and opened to the public.
Winfield House has the second largest private garden in central London, after Buckingham Palace, the garden is pictured above and is immaculate
Winfield House is unique among American residences because it was originally a gift to the US Government.
It has since been showered with riches in the form of antique furniture, paintings, porcelain, china, glass, chandeliers, objets d’art – all the things that make it the beautiful house visitors see today.
The first to use the house as the ambassadorial residence was Winthrop Aldrich. Ambassador and Mrs Aldrich moved in on January 18, 1955 after a significant restoration had taken place.
When Ambassador Elliot Richardson arrived in 1975 his wife said, ‘the house was absolutely wonderful. . . a joy to move into’ and when Ambassador Anne Armstrong moved in in 1976 she said: ‘I ran through the house like a kid, I’d never seen anything so beautiful. It was like fairyland and in such beautiful shape.’
Not only the Ambassadors, but other generous Americans contributed to the house, among them sugar baron Rionda Braga, who donated a bronze sculpture, ‘The Creation of Adam’ which stands in the garden to the right of the terrace.
Winfield House is unique among American residences because it was originally a gift to the US Government, an aerial shot of the property is seen above
Mr Braga felt that the statue’s motif, two hands inside a globe, signified British and American friendship.
Ambassador John Louis brought a platform tennis court and while he was at Winfield House – from 1981 to 1983- Cary Grant visited it for the first time after the Second World War and the breakdown of his marriage.
Tears streamed down his face as he looked across the lawns from the Garden Room because of its beauty and thinking about his ex-wife Barbara Hutton.
Today Winfield House continues the tradition of receiving a host of distinguished guests.
Over the years these have included the Queen and other members of the royal family, and many other prominent figures in business, politics, diplomacy, banking, the armed services, education and the arts.
Donald and Melania Trump leave Winfield House during a visit to London in July 2018, Melania looked stunning in a floor length gown
The late Princess Diana once brought Princes William and Harry to see the presidential helicopter Marine One parked on the lawn, as it was today with President Trump.
Visiting US presidents traditionally stay at the residence, watched over by portraits of their predecessors, some of whom served as both President of the United States and U.S. envoys to London.
President George Bush met President Mikhail Gorbachev there during the 1991 G-7 Summit.
President Ronald Reagan was a frequent visitor. More recently, Senator George Mitchell hosted participants in the Northern Ireland Peace Process at Winfield House during his review of the Good Friday agreement in November 1999.
President Barack Obama also stayed there and hosted a reception for the Queen and Prince Philip.