IT WAS more hair force one than Air Force One when Donald Trump and wife Melania landed in breezy Britain yesterday.
Mr Trump and his First Lady got a windy welcome as the door to the presidential plane swung open, revealing the famous US eagle’s crest. As the gusts ruffled his fringe and his wife’s hairdo, the world’s most powerful man gave a wave.
At the same moment, Mrs Trump’s blazer blew open, revealing her blouse — complete with a row of military medals printed on it. The red, white and blue top, costing £650 from Burberry, was a tribute to Thursday’s 75th anniversary of D-Day. She had earlier boarded the flight in a £3,500 Gucci dress decorated with pictures of London landmarks and double decker buses.
The wind was also a problem for a member of the RAF Regiment, whose hat flew off as he formed a guard of honour for the couple. A US secret service officer ran to pick it up and handed it back.
An hour before the Trumps landed, a fleet of US military helicopters arrived and there was a visible armed police presence around the airport, with vehicles parked alongside the runway. Other passengers on Air Force One left via the rear doors.
At the bottom of the plane steps, the president was warmly greeted by foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt, and the pair, who have clashed in the past, exchanged a few words.
Mr Hunt told Sky News: ‘Everyone has their views about President Trump. I don’t agree with him about some things. But you put those things aside when the leader of the free world, the president of our closest ally, comes here on a state visit hosted by Her Majesty, and you celebrate what is special and enduring about our relationship.’
Mr and Mrs Trump then boarded the helicopter Marine One for the journey to the US ambassador’s home in central London.