Monday 3 June 2019 4:01 AM UTC
LONDON June 3: The “Trump Baby” inflatable balloon that was the focus of protests when the U.S. president visited London last year will fly again this week when he returns for state visit including a lavish banquet hosted by the queen, activists said.
The team behind the blimp said on Sunday it would be flown at locations near Donald Trump throughout his visit, after a crowdfunding campaign raised a target of 30,000 pounds ($38,000) for groups backing causes from climate action to women’s rights.
This six-metre high blimp, which depicts Trump as a snarling, diaper-wearing orange baby, became a rallying symbol for hundreds of thousands of anti-Trump protesters, who packed central London during his previous trip.
“Trump will try his best to avoid the public on his trip, but with Trump Baby flying we’re sending a very clear message of solidarity to those affected by his despicable politics,” said Ajuub Faraji, one of the organisers who label themselves Trump blimp “Babysitters”.
U.S. President Donald Trump has been speaking out to UK papers ahead of his state visit this week — weighing in on Meghan Markle, Brexit and the next prime minister. Few expect the controversy surrounding his trip to end there.
Trump and his wife Melania are due in Britain on June 3-5 for a state visit – a pomp-laden affair involving a banquet at Buckingham Palace. The invitation comes from Queen Elizabeth although the decision was taken on her behalf by politicians.
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