- The “Trump Baby” balloon, which President Donald Trump has said he doesn’t like, is planning to return to follow him around on his state visit to the UK in June.
- The Stop Trump Coalition, which manages the blimp, told Business Insider it is considering replacing the blimp with one five times as large.
- Trump made a brief visit to the UK last year, and reports suggested he was anxious about protests.
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A blimp depicting President Donald Trump as a baby, which Trump has said he dislikes and makes him “feel unwelcome,” is due to make an appearance at his state visit to the UK in June. And this time, it could be five times as big.
The 20-foot balloon hovered over Westminster, near Parliament, when Trump was in London on July 13.
Leo Murray, who set up the crowdfunding page for the original balloon, told Business Insider that “the Trump Baby will definitely fly again.”
He said that with sufficient funding, they could create a much larger balloon.
“We have been toying with the idea of a Trump Baby hot-air balloon, which would be about five times the size,” he said. “But would cost a huge amount of money – upwards of £70,000,” or about $US90,500.
Murray said the group didn’t have enough money for that and was not in full agreement on the project.
Trump is set to meet with Queen Elizabeth II and hold talks with Prime Minister Theresa May during his visit from June 3 to 5.
The itinerary indicates that Trump will also host an event in Portsmouth, in southern England, to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
During his latest visit to London, the president told the British newspaper The Sun: “I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to London.
“I used to love London as a city,” Trump said. “I haven’t been there in a long time. But when they make you feel unwelcome, why would I stay there?”
As many as 250,000 people protested Trump’s visit.
It cost £5,000 to make and was the brainchild of Matt Bonner, 36, from London.
Asad Rehman, a spokesman for the Stop Trump Coalition, told Business Insider it was confident that it would get permission from local authorities in London to use the blimp.
“We do have the baby blimp. It will fly, and we’re also thinking about the option of making a bigger baby blimp,” Rehman said. “Logistics are the only consideration.”
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