Hours after he landed in London for a four-day tour of the UK, President Donald Trump says he feels ‘unwelcome’ in England’s capital and a 20ft ‘Baby Trump’ blimp made in his likeness is to blame.
The inflated giant blimp made headlines after London Mayor Sadiq Khan permitted the controversial balloon to be flown during Trump’s stop in the city.
But the balloon didn’t seem to fare so well with the president.
President Donald Trump has revealed he feels unwelcome in London, and a 20ft blimp made in his likeness is to blame, the ‘Baby Trump’ balloon pictured above
Trump confessed the balloon poking fun at him made him feel unwelcome to The Sun
Activists inflate the giant orange balloon in north London ahead of a demonstration set to coincide with Trump’s visit
‘I used to love London as a city. I haven’t been there in a long time. But when they make you feel unwelcome, why would I stay there?’ he said to The Sun.
‘I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to London,’ he added.
He proceeded to throw jabs at Mayor Khan, not only for allowing the baby blimp to fly above protests in London that are set to take place this week during his stay, but also for his criticism on Trump’s travel ban on citizens from predominately Muslim countries, according to USA Today.
‘You have a mayor who has done a terrible job in London. He has done a terrible job. Take a look at the terrorism that is taking place. Look at what is going on in London,’ Trump said.
‘He might not like the current president, but I represent the United States,’ he added.
President Trump and First Lady Melania touched down in Stansted Airport in London Thursday
Trump and Melania were given a guard of honour by the RAF after arriving in the UK Thursday
Despite his grand welcome and a lavish black tie dinner set in his honor with Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May, Trump admitted he felt unwelcome in the city due to the giant balloon
Trump said he had no reason to return to the country as a result of the balloon that is set to be flown at protests this weekend and later on in Scotland at his Turnberry golf estate
Although he may not be a fan of the blimp, it looks like it’ll be following him as he ventures to Scotland later this week.
Protesters are planning to transport the balloon to Scotland overnight to fly it at Trump’s Turnberry golf course, where he is set to play on Saturday, according to The Hill.
Police Scotland says, however, that protesters are not allowed to fly the ballon at the estate during the president’s visit.
‘Clearly there is a significant protection operation in place for the president and this includes restrictions to the airspace in the Turnberry area. We need to ensure there is a balance between protection and public safety and the public’s right to peacefully protest,’ Assistant Chief Constable Mark Williams said.
‘With that in mind and on this occasion we are unable to grant permission for the balloon to fly in that area, however we are in discussion with the applicants about possible alternatives,’ he added.
Despite his lack of amusement with the balloon, protesters are adamant to have it follow Trump throughout his UK tour