Donald Trump baby blimp banned from skies of Turnberry
- Author: Tracy Klein Jul 13, 2018,
Jul 13, 2018, 0:09
US President Donald Trump arrived Thursday in Britain, where he will find his own wall set up even as preparations for protests against his four-day visit are in full swing.
As President Trump is set to embark on a three-day visit to the United Kingdom on July 12, where he will meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth, there are fears that demonstrations over his visit could turn violent.
Trump next heads to Windsor Castle later Friday for tea with the queen, as protesters stage a mass demonstration in London. Mr Trump is hardly likely to catch a glimpse of the six metre giant orange inflatable blimp that depicts him as a screaming baby.
Following the gala event at the 18th century country house, Trump and his wife will come to central London to spend a night at US Ambassador Woody Johnson's official London residence, Winfield House, in Regent's Park.
While Mr Johnson may now be a backbencher, Mr Trump said he hoped he would still see the former foreign minister - another blow to the fragile position of Mrs May.
Ahead of Trump's arrival, the United States embassy advised United States citizens in London to "keep a low profile" during Trump's visit. The prime minister will host him for dinner at Blenheim Palace, the ancestral home of Churchill near Oxford, and then for the meeting at the prime ministerial country retreat Chequers, north of London.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan - who has had a particularly contentious relationship with President Trump - approved protesters' use of a "Trump baby" blimp during the president's visit to Great Britain.
A large protest against the president will be held in Glasgow's George Square on Friday, with a rally also being held outside the president's Balmedie course in Aberdeenshire on Saturday.
"Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings that may become violent", the embassy said in a list of advised actions, asking Americans to "keep a low profile" and "be aware of your surroundings".
As of Thursday morning, more than 1,900 people had contributed to a crowdfunding campaign for the balloon, raising more than £30,000 (nearly $40,000).
"The people voted to break it up (Britain's ties with the EU)", Trump told a press conference.
Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend more than 100 protests being held across the country against his visit over the weekend.
Opposition MPS, backed by an online petition signed by almost 1.9 million people, called on May to cancel the state visit offered when she met Trump in Washington after his inauguration in January a year ago.
10 Downing Street said she would be meeting with schoolchildren and veterans on Friday, accompanied by Philip May, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May's husband. These will focus on relations with Russian Federation, trade, Brexit and the Middle East.
Trump has been quick to criticize British society, telling a National Rifle Association convention in May that the British didn't have guns but had so much knife crime that one hospital was like a military war zone with its floors awash with blood, a false statement quickly rebutted by British physicians and politicians.