- The Trump baby balloon – which President Donald Trump has said he dislikes – was flown over central London on Tuesday morning.
- The 20-foot inflatable went up at 10 a.m. for a two-hour protest. It coincided with a meeting between Trump and UK Prime Minister Theresa May at the nearby St. James’s Palace.
- The balloon was also raised in July to mark Trump’s previous visit. He told The Sun at the time: “I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to London.”
- Trump has already met with the Queen and Prince Charles. On Wednesday he is set to visit Portsmouth, England, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
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The large balloon depicting President Donald Trump as an irate baby has been flown over Parliament Square in London, the centrepiece of protests against Trump’s state visit to the UK.
The 20-foot balloon, organised by the Stop Trump Coalition, was raised in Parliament Square, Westminster, at 10 a.m. local time on Tuesday after a successful crowdfunding campaign. London authorities granted it a two-hour slot to remain airborne.
Trump has complained about the balloon in the past. When he most recently visited the UK, in 2018, he said it made him “feel unwelcome” and disinclined to visit London.
Trump left Buckingham Palace – where he attended a state banquet on Monday evening – to meet Prime Minister Theresa May in St. James’s Palace at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday.
The route taken by Trump’s motorcade avoided any roads in sight of Parliament Square, meaning Trump is unlikely to have seen the balloon in person.
Trump told the newspaper The Sun in July that the orange blimp didn’t sit well with him when he first became aware of it.
“I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to London,” he said.
The balloon has become a key symbol of his 2019 state visit, too.
The Sky News cable TV channel used the Trump balloon in a commercial publicizing Trump’s arrival last week, and the BBC brought a replica of the balloon into the studio of one of its flagship news shows on Monday.
The balloon cost £5,000 ($US6,300) to make and was the idea of Matt Bonner, 36, of London.
Leo Murray, who runs the blimp project alongside Bonner, told Business Insider in April they were toying with the idea of a hot-air balloon Trump baby five times as large as the one that flew. This plan did not come to pass.
A statue of Trump sitting on a golden toilet and tweeting was rolled out at another central London location – Trafalgar Square – on Tuesday morning.
Its US creator, Don Lessem, says he spent $US25,000 of his own money to create the 16-foot statue.
On Monday evening, the Museum of London announced it wanted to purchase the Trump baby balloon for its collection after the state visit.
Trump has so far met with the Queen and Prince Charles, and he is scheduled to travel to Portsmouth, the southern coastal city, on Wednesday to attend an event marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
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