Thursday, 19 July, 2018

Angry Trump Baby blimp to fly over parliament during visit

Queen Elizabeth II. Image AFP Queen Elizabeth II. Image AFP
Faye Gross | 07 July, 2018, 02:56

The U.S. ambassador to Britain said the administration is "aware" of the giant baby Trump balloon that will greet the president on his first official trip to London on Thursday, "but, you know, the president is keenly focused on what his objectives are". The Royal Regiment of Scotland - homeland of the president's mother - will pipe him out at the end of the dinner.

As NPR's Laurel Wamsley reported a year ago, "In January, Prime Minister Theresa May invited Trump for a state visit - an invitation that drew immediate criticism".

The President and the First Lady will then spend the night at Winfield House, the US ambassador's residence in central London.

U.S. President Donald Trump waves from Air Force One as he arrives in Great Falls, Montana, U.S., July 5, 2018.

On Sunday, Mr Trump is expected to move on to Finland ahead of his keenly-awaited summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on July 16.

That will be about the extent of Trump's exposure to London.

Trump Baby UKCampaigners made this representation of their plan to fly the balloon from Parliament Square - right beside the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. The entrepreneur Martha Lane Fox told the FT: "I understand why the government have to entertain Trump but I certainly don't want to".

A spokesperson for the Mayor today told Deadline, "Sadiq's main priority is the safety of all Londoners and visitors to our city, and as always we are working in very close coordination with the Metropolitan Police and other key agencies to ensure all protests are carried out safely and securely".

Scott Pruitt resigns as chief of United States Environmental Protection Agency
Pruitt, a close ally of the fossil fuel industry, also was known for questioning the human role in global climate change. Pruitt's ethics issues have made him a favorite target of critics of the Trump administration.


Trump's avoidance of London sparked speculation that he is trying to avoid protesters on Downing Street. "The president is really trying to get as impactful as a trip as he can get in a 24-hour period", Johnson said.

The two world leaders will visit an unnamed defence site on Saturday to view a demonstration of United Kingdom military capabilities, before going to Chequers for a working lunch.

Trump will be given a presentation from the MI-6 intelligence agency and military leaders to show how Britain is fighting terrorists - in an effort to convince him that May is a tough leader.

They will both then travel to Chequers for bilateral talks on foreign policy.

Mr Trump will then rejoin Melania, who is being hosted by Mrs May's husband Philip on a separate schedule that morning, for their visit to meet the Queen at Windsor.

"Disdain for Trump and his hateful agenda unite neighbours and political opponents, brings people of faith and those of no faith together".

Details of his Scotland stay had not been released but speculation swirled that he might try to squeeze in a round of golf at one of his courses.

Dawsey reported from Washington.

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