Trump state visit: baby blimp to fly over London once again

Trump state visit: baby blimp to fly over London once again

Trump state visit: baby blimp to fly over London once again

The "Trump Baby" inflatable balloon that was the focus of protests when the USA president visited London past year will fly again this week when he returns for state visit including a lavish banquet hosted by the queen, activists said.

Trump's last visit to the U.K.in July 2018 drew controversy as protesters flew a huge blimp with straw-blond hair, an orange-hued face and out-of-proportion hands that was meant to depict President Donald Trump as a baby.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who gave approval to demonstrators to fly the blimp last year, strongly criticised the government's decision to offer such a high honour to Trump this year.

A spokesperson for the Greater London Authority said its City Operations Unit grant permission for its flight after it was "carefully assessed" by officials.

The group behind the balloon is part of the Stop Trump coalition and originally said it would only be flown if £30,000 was raised to support organisations aiding social issues.

The Trump blimp was previously granted permission to fly during Trump's visit to the capital last July.

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"Trump will try his best to avoid the public on his trip, but with Trump Baby flying we're sending a very clear message of solidarity to those affected by his despicable politics", said Ajuub Faraji, one of the organisers who label themselves Trump blimp "Babysitters".

"All we need now is for the public to help us to hit our fundraising target in support of the groups who are fighting the impacts of Trump's disastrous policies".

"Trump will try his best to avoid the public on his trip, but with Trump Baby flying we're sending a very clear message of solidarity to those affected by his despicable politics - and saying loud and clear that the USA president doesn't deserve the red carpet treatment being given to him by the government".

Trump is also expected to meet May for a breakfast meeting on Tuesday at St. James' Palace with business leaders, followed by a meeting at Downing Street and a press conference.

Several protest groups plan to march through London during the three-day visit, with the main demonstration due to convene at Trafalgar Square at 11am on Tuesday.

LONDON mayor Sadiq Khan said Britain should not be rolling out the red carpet next week for Donald Trump's state visit to the United Kingdom as he is "somebody whose views we disagree with".

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