‘Trump Baby’ balloon gets green light from London mayor

Jul 07, 2018, 02:56
‘Trump Baby’ balloon gets green light from London mayor

People inflate a helium filled Donald Trump blimp which they hope to deploy during The President of the United States' upcoming visit, in London, Britain, June 26, 2018.

While the president is in the capital, the giant "Trump Baby" balloon will be flown over Westminster after authorities gave the OK for the protest.

During dinner, an orchestra will perform a series of classic British and American hits and the Royal Regiment of Scotland will pipe the President out at the end.

After he was invited a year ago, more than 1.86 million people signed a petition saying Trump should not be given a state visit because it could embarrass the queen.

He'll stay one night in London at the US ambassador's residence at Regent's Park, Winfield House, and meet with dignitaries away from central London.

"I just think that you can't stop people protesting, expressing their opinion, but I do think this never-ending war of words, and it does cut both ways, the president does cause a fair bit of it, but this never-ending war of words between Sadiq Khan and Donald Trump is frankly ridiculous".

Winfield House boasts one of the largest gardens in London. "We are not rolling out the carpet for Mr Trump; we are rolling out the red carpet for our most valued ally".

That will be about the extent of Trump's exposure to London.

At the time of writing, a crowdfunding campaign to manufacture, inflate and fly the balloon had raised over £17,000 ($22,500) that organizers said was easily enough money to make "Trump Baby" fly. The itinerary doesn't list a visit to the new embassy in South London, which Trump dismissed as a "bad deal".

The Prime Minister's spokesperson said: "We are a free and open democracy and we believe in the right to protest".

Johnson said the trip was not planned to avoid the protests.

Continuing the military theme on Friday, the president and Theresa May will watch a demonstration at a defence site to showcase the UK's "cutting edge military capabilities and integrated UK-US military training".

Trump and the first lady will then go on to Windsor Castle to meet the Queen.

They will then travel to Chequers, the Prime Minister's official country retreat, for bilateral talks on foreign policy, to be followed by a news conference.

Asked whether the President's schedule was created to keep him away from possible protests, a Downing Street spokeswoman said: "Prime ministers frequently make use of Chequers for meetings with foreign leaders".

Details of his Scotland stay had not been released but speculation swirled that he might try to squeeze in a round of golf at one of his courses.

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