'Trump baby' balloon cleared to fly over London during President's visit

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London's mayor on Thursday gave a group permission to fly a 6-metre-tall balloon depicting US President Donald Trump as an angry baby over London when the president visits the city later this month. Organizers behind a crowd-funded "Trump Baby" campaign that has raised almost 20,000 pounds (approximately $26,400 USD) announced July 5 that London Mayor Sadiq Khan had agreed to let the group tether the balloon at Parliament Square Gardens.

The protesters, who describe themselves as a group of anti-fascist art activists, said at first the mayor's office did not recognise "Trump Baby" as a legitimate protest.

A 19-feet high balloon in the image of US President Donald Trump, "Trump baby", will be flown close to the UK Parliament during his visit to the UK.

A spokesperson for Khan told Deadline, "The Mayor supports the right to peaceful protest and understands that this can take many different forms".

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The president will spend Thursday night at U.S. Ambassador Robert "Woody" Johnson's London residence but will otherwise steer clear of the city.

An attendee writes a placard ahead the visit to the United Kingdom of Donald Trump the President of the United States at a Republicans Overseas event in London, Britain, July 4, 2018.

But, Murray added, Khan's administration had eventually "rediscovered its sense of humour - Trump Baby will fly". Khan also noted that protest organizers will have to receive proper approvals from the Metropolitan Police and the National Air Traffic Service in order for the balloon to fly, as his main priority is "safety of all Londoners and visitors to our city".

"He's coming into the lion's den and it is going to be really fun to watch", said Londoner Jack Smith, 28, at a party to celebrate US independence from Britain on July 4.

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On Saturday, Mrs May and Mr Trump will visit an unnamed defence site to view a demonstration of UK military capabilities, with a strong stress on integrated UK-US military training.

Khan has been outspoken in his opposition to Trump's visit.

Regarding the "Trump baby" balloon, the spokeswoman said it was up to the GLA to explain why they had approved it.

"They just said, it's not going to work, and that's the end of it", Wakefield says.

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They will then travel to Chequers, the Prime Minister's official country retreat, for bilateral talks on foreign policy, to be followed by a news conference.

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