Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

London protests against Donald Trump kick off with 'Trump baby' blimp

London protests against Donald Trump kick off with 'Trump baby' blimp

"Now he might not like the current president, but I represent the United States", Trump said.

Mr Trump cancelled a planned visit to open the newly-relocated embassy at the beginning of the year, saying it was a "bad deal" to move from Grosvenor Square in the prestigious Mayfair district of central London to what he described as an "off location" at Nine Elms, south of the Thames.

"I shouldn't be the arbiter, as a politician, of what's in good taste or bad taste, what's important is it to be peaceful, and for it to be safe", he said.

Trump told The Sun newspaper on Thursday - in an interview that was published as he was feted by May at an opulent welcome dinner at a country palace - that he felt unwelcome in London because of protests, including plans to fly a giant balloon over Parliament on Friday that depicts him as an angry diaper-wearing baby.

"I actually told Theresa May how to do (Brexit)", the USA leader said in the interview, "but she didn't agree, she didn't listen to me".

May likewise glossed over the comments in the Sun.

Despite a series of diplomatic spats between Britain and Trump, the British government is hoping for a quick trade deal with the USA after it leaves the European Union.

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After his comments overnight about his British government hosts, you wouldn't think Donald Trump would be the one to take offence.

The US first lady (48) and her husband president Donald Trump were guests of honour at Blenheim Palace on Thursday night, for a black-tie dinner with British business leaders and enjoyed all the pomp and circumstance that comes with such an event.

Trump also set a hard line on the country's ongoing "Brexit" negotiations, telling the tabloid that he advised Prime Minister Theresa May against the "soft" blueprint she recently presented to alleviate economic fallout as the country separates from the European Union.

He also told the tabloid that he'd shared advice with May during Britain's negotiations with the European Union and she ignored it.

The 20-foot (6-meter) tall balloon's creators, who call themselves babysitters, freely admit they borrowed the idea from comedian Jon Stewart, who in 2016 called Trump a "man-baby". I think that " s why Brexit happened".

Trump flew into Britain on Thursday, having already subjected North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies to a roasting over their levels of defence spending.

Mr Hudspeth said comments the President made in an interview with The Sun today criticising the Prime Minister's Brexit strategy and plans for a trade deal with the United States did not undermine the goal of last night's event.

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Of Johnson, he said: "I have a lot of respect for Boris".

"I'm not going to rise to the individual things President Trump says", Khan tells Mary Louise in London.

On Thursday, the U.S. president began his first visit to England since taking office.

Khan, who has often been a target of Trump's ire, backed the protests but said those who want to cause trouble are not welcome.

"We talked for an hour and a half, and it was really something", Trump said at Checkers, the British prime minister's country home, upon his arrival Friday morning.

Donald Trump will visit Windsor as part of his two-day trip to the UK.

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