Opponents of Donald Trump have inflated a balloon depicting the US President as an orange, snarling baby on the second day of his visit to the UK.
"This is what people need to be doing - to come together in their communities to organize and work out how to stand against right-wing populism and xenophobia that we're seeing not just in the USA but in Europe", organizer Kevin Smith told The Associated Press.
The President stayed in London on Thursday night, at the United States ambassador's residence in Regent's Park, however all his official functions during his two-day visit to England are outside the capital where big protests are planned. That morphed into this two-day "working visit" with much less pomp and circumstance amid concern about security and crowds in central London.
Earlier Friday, as Trump departed London for a military demonstration at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst around 9:00 a.m. local time, hundreds of people gathered in Parliament Square to witness one of the most freakish political stunts ever to grace the skies of London ― a 20-foot blimp, shaped like a baby Trump, that took flight outside the U.K.'s seat of government, alongside statues of political giants like Winston Churchill.
At Chequers, Trump and May will discuss foreign policy, according to White House officials.
"Trump claimed that Theresa May's current Brexit plan "will probably kill" any potential USA trade deal, a comment that not only undermines the prime minister at the end of an already challenging week, but one that understandably sent sterling sharply lower", said Connor Campbell, an analyst at SpreadEx. There, he'll meet with Prime Minister Theresa May and later, Queen Elizabeth II.
Trump, as he has before, criticized London's mayor, Sadiq Khan, as having "done a very bad job on terrorism". "His city operations team have met with the organisers and have given them permission to use Parliament Square Garden as a grounding point for the blimp".
Asked about Trump's comments, May said: "We're delivering on the vote of the British people to take back control of our money, our laws and our borders". "The U.S. has always stood by our side as a beacon for tolerance, openness and respect", he said in a statement on Thursday. This protest is not anti-American - far from it.
Khan, London's first Muslim mayor, has been targeted by the president repeatedly on Twitter. Police worked overtime, their days off canceled.
"The idea that we restrict freedom of speech, the right to assemble, the right to protest because somebody might be offended is a slippery slope", he told BBC radio, adding that a protest to welcome Trump was also planned.
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A pro-Trump demonstration in London has been scheduled for Saturday.
"Today we're talking trade, we're talking military, we just moved some incredible anti terrorism things.The relationship is very, very strong", Trump told reporters.
They added that as a whole, polled Britons have a negative view of Trump, but regarding his visit to their country, it can "broadly be described as negative but pragmatic".
"Maybe they're taking a little bit of a different route [on Brexit], so I don't know if that's what they voted for", he told a press conference after the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels.
Augustine Chukwuma Obodo, who wore a "Make America Great Again! hat and a Trump for president in 2020 shirt, said he wanted make clear that not everyone found the protest amusing".
Trump said such a deal "will probably kil" any prospect of a US-UK free-trade agreement.
But the sheer showmanship of the Trump baby has captured the public imagination.
The a 20-foot-tall angry "Trump Baby" blimp.
A crowdfunding campaign to fly the 6-metre blimp raised over £16,000.
"He doesn't seem to be affected by the moral outrage that comes from his behaviour and his policies". I think he's got what it takes, Trump told the Sun.