Trump baby balloon launched in London

Frederick Owens
July 13, 2018

A man named Leo Murray announced in June that he had procured the oversized baby blimp and wanted to fly the thing over parliament on 13 July to protest Trump's official visit to the UK.

Trump is set to join May later on Friday at a display of joint US-UK military might at an undisclosed location before both leaders head to Chequers, the British prime minister's country retreat in Buckinghamshire, for in-depth bilateral discussions.

All in just 24 hours in Britain.

Despite a series of diplomatic spats between Britain and Trump, the British government is hoping for a quick trade deal with the USA after it leaves the European Union. He also criticised immigration in Europe and declared that London Mayor Sadiq Khan, a Muslim, had failed to stop terrorism.

Prime Minister Theresa May will host Mr Trump and his wife Melania at a dinner at Blenheim Palace this evening.

The US president's brash style and hardline "America First" policies have caused consternation across Britain's political spectrum and society.

In one of the milder responses, Universities Minister Sam Gyimah tweeted: "Where are your manners, Mr President?"

"This is incendiary even by his standards", Adrian Morrow, a British reporter with the Globe and Mail, said of Trump's comments. "I think he has done a bad job on crime, if you look, all of the awful things going on there, with all of the crime that is being brought in". In it Trump blasted May for wrecking Brexit.

The trip coincides with a tumultuous week for May after two senior ministers resigned in protest at her plans for trade with the European Union after Britain leaves next March.

Earlier in Brussels Trump had said "they like me a lot in the UK", telling a press conference that Britons "agree with me on immigration".

He is on the second day of a controversial visit to the United Kingdom, made even more tense by his comments overnight.

"What is interesting is Trump is not criticising mayors of those cities, but he is criticising me", he told BBC radio. But Trump will still meet with the Queen at Windsor Castle on Friday.

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Khan, in an interview with NPR's Mary Louise Kelly, says Trump is "entitled to have his views".

"This was just a bunch of friends who got together in a pub", said Kevin Smith, one of the 16 people behind the balloon.

Afterwards, Trump will visit Scotland.

The photographs showing them holding hands and Mrs May's unexpected offer of a state visit to Britain showed the lengths she was willing to go to demonstrate the closeness of the trans-Atlantic "special relationship". Johnson, who helped lead the campaign to take Britain out of the European Union, accused May of killing "the Brexit dream". The president said on Tuesday, "I think they like me a lot in the United Kingdom".

Anti-Trump demonstrations were expected to take place in Bristol, Newcastle, Leeds, Cambridge and Cardiff.

During his news conference on Thursday, the U.S. president also appeared to refer to Ireland as part of the United Kingdom.

President Donald Trump arrives at Chequers on Friday. "I actually told Theresa May how to do it, but she didn't listen to me".

Opponents of Donald Trump flew a six-meter blimp of "Baby Trump" on Friday to protest against the controversial visit of the US President to the UK.

Sterling sank nearly 1% after US President Donald Trump said Theresa May's Brexit plan probably killed off hope of a US-UK trade deal.

Some opposition lawmakers called for the British government to cancel Trump's tea with the queen.

Trump's schedule, however, will largely keep him out of central London.

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