Inflatable Donald Trump baby blimp is now flying high over London
A massive balloon depicting Donald Trump as a big baby has been launched in front of the Houses of Parliament.
The six-metre blow-up blimp, which features Trump clutching a phone while wearing a nappy, is flying above Parliament Square this morning during the US President’s visit to the UK.
A large crowd gathered to watch it take flight.
Tens of thousands are expected to protest against the US President’s visit, even though Mr Trump will not be in London – saying he does not feel welcome.
The controversial balloon was given the green light by the Greater London Authority, but people on social media are split on whether the stunt is a good idea.
The group that crowd-sourced the inflatable said, while Mr Trump will not see the blimp in person, they hoped it would come to the Twitter-loving president’s attention online.
In an interview with The Sun, Mr Trump referenced the inflatable as part of the reason he does not feel wanted in the capital, saying: "I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to London."
Several anti-Trump protest groups are expected to meet at Portland Place on Friday as the president has a working lunch with Theresa May at her country residence Chequers.
Lucy D’Orsi, who is in charge of the policing operation for the visit, said she had seen discussion about police "restricting the right to protest", and added the force was aiming to strike a balance between that and public safety.
One group – Together Against Trump – wanted to use a double-decker bus as a platform for speeches but were refused.
"We made a decision that by allowing this vehicle into such a heavily congested space was unsafe, and would have posed an unnecessary risk to the large crowd that is expected," deputy assistant commissioner D’Orsi said.
She added: "Central London will be very busy and congested (on Friday) based on figures the organisers have shared with us, there will be a lot of people coming to protest, which is their right and this principle remains at the heart of our policing operation."
With Mr Trump set to travel to Scotland on Friday evening after meeting the Queen at Windsor Castle, a rally is planned for Glasgow’s George Square.
The President has already stoked controversy by saying that Theresa May’s soft Brexit plan will "kill" a trade deal with the US.
He also said Boris Johnson "would be a great Prime Minister" because he’s "got what it takes", Britain is "losing its culture" to migration and London mayor Sadiq Khan "has done a very bad job on terrorism."
And he moaned there was "no reason" for him to come to London because people had "put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome".
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