Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

London Mayor approves Trump baby balloon protest

London Mayor approves Trump baby balloon protest

The 6-metre (19-foot) orange balloon, which shows the President wearing a nappy, will fly near the Parliament at a height of 30 metres between 9.30 am and 11.30 am local time.

The Trump Baby blimp will be strapped to the grounds of Parliament Square Gardens on the morning of July 13, marking the President Trump's first official visit to London, and will coincide with "Stop Trump", an activist march to take place in central London.

Although City Hall originally said no, its decision was reversed following a petition to "Let Trump baby Fly" which received more than 10,000 signatures.

The inflatable Trump Baby is six metres tall. In a crowdfunding request, they wrote that they want the balloon to shadow the president, "haunting the skies - and hopefully the dreams - of the stain on the office of President that is Donald Trump Senior". But he really seems to hate it when people make fun of him. But the balloon may still not get off the ground as the Metropolitan Police and national air traffic service have the right to veto its launch on the day.

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Khan has been an outspoken opponent of Trump, saying in January that Londoners "have made it clear that Donald Trump is not welcome here", after the president testily canceled a trip to the United Kingdom.

Activists are reportedly hoping to take baby Trump on a global tour after the enormous support the stunt gained in London.

In an opinion piece written for the Guardian, Leo Murray, the spokesman for the art activists explained how Sadiq Khan's office initially didn't consider the Trump Baby blimp a legitimate form of protest.

Mr Trump is expected to arrive in the capital the evening before the planned stunt and is likely to visit Blenheim Palace, meet Queen Elizabeth at Windsor, hold talks with Prime Minister Theresa May at Chequers, and travel to his golf courses in Scotland during the trip.

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Nigel Farage has laid into Sadiq Khan for allowing an inflatable "Trump baby" blimp to fly in London during the US President's visit next week. Khan was highly critical of Trump's travel ban and then last spring, Trump berated (and misconstrued) Khan following the London terrorist attack that saw several killed and dozens injured.

The "pro-Brexit, pro-Trump" group, Westmonster, tweeted, "OUCH: Campaign for "Baby Khan" balloon smashes £10k target as public express anger at London's Mayor".

The balloon is set to fly in one of the most iconic areas of the city: right beside the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.

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