- A “stiff” protest was awaiting President Donald Trump ahead of his planned three-day state visit to the United Kingdom.
- Images of a giant penis and a polar bear were mowed into land on the approach to London’s Stansted Airport by a student named Ollie Nancarrow.
- The protest was in response to the president’s views on climate change.
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LONDON – President Donald Trump on Monday will be met by the image of a giant penis mowed into land on the approach to London’s Stansted Airport as he arrives in the United Kingdom for a three-day state visit.
The image, which is accompanied by the message “Oi Trump,” was left by an 18-year-old student and entrepreneur named Ollie Nancarrow, who constructed the protest at his parent’s home in Hatfield Heath northeast of London in response to the president’s views on climate change.
“Guess who’s been busy today mowing a stiff message for Trump under the Stansted flightpath,” Nancarrow tweeted.
“Please share and let’s see how far we can spread the welcome!”
Nancarrow left a separate image of a polar bear in an adjacent field with the message “climate change is real.”
Trump has questioned climate science on multiple occasions and in 2018 accused climate experts of having a “political agenda.”
Trump has drawn scrutiny ahead of his UK visit in part by intervening in the coming contest to replace Theresa May as prime minister.
Trump praised the former foreign secretary, and frontrunner for the job, Boris Johnson in interviews for The Sun and The Sunday Times and criticised May’s handling of Brexit.
On Monday, Trump is scheduled to travel to Buckingham Palace, where he will dine for a full state banquet with the Queen and senior members of May’s government.
The opposition leaders Jeremy Corbyn and Vince Cable are boycotting the dinner in protest of Trump.
The House of Commons Speaker John Bercow, who previously barred Trump from addressing Parliament during his trip, will also not be in attendance.
Mayor Sadiq Khan of London also won’t be there, and he wrote an op-ed article published over the weekend in which he labelled Trump’s rhetoric akin to that of “the fascists of the 20th century.”
Trump hit back Monday, comparing Khan unfavorably to Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York.
Just before arriving in London, Trump tweeted“@SadiqKhan, who by all accounts has done a terrible job as Mayor of London, has been foolishly ‘nasty’ to the visiting President of the United States, by far the most important ally of the United Kingdom. He is a stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London, not me.”
He continued: “Kahn reminds me very much of our very dumb and incompetent Mayor of NYC, de Blasio, who has also done a terrible job – only half his height. In any event, I look forward to being a great friend to the United Kingdom, and am looking very much forward to my visit. Landing now!”
Large protests are scheduled in central London against Trump on Tuesday, with a giant blimp of the president depicted in a diaper set to make a second appearance following his first trip to the UK as president last year.
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