'Trump Baby' balloon gets green light from London mayor

Queen Elizabeth II. Image AFP

However, Trump said in a tweet that his reason was in fact dissatisfaction with the location of the new American embassy in London.

"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 USA independence from Britain on July 4.

British officials are anxious about what will transpire, especially following uneven conversations between May and Trump, who has expressed frustration about likely protests.

"Mr Trump has said some unusual and irregular things, and some things I would certainly not agree with, but he has not, like many world leaders who Her Majesty and the government have met over the years, abused human rights".

Trump arrives in Britain on Thursday after a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Belgium that could turn contentious over the US leader's insistence that allies pay more for their defence and amid trade disputes between Washington and Europe.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has granted permission for a giant inflatable figure depicting Mr Trump as a baby to fly over Westminster for two hours on the second day of the president's visit. Trump will get a less lavish one than originally offered, but he will still meet Elizabeth and many British lawmakers have voiced objection to his coming at all. "I think it is very embarrassing, embarrassing for the protesters", said 21-year-old US student Drew Liquerman who is studying at Scotland's St. Andrews University.

Trump, after his trip overseas to Asia and the Middle East, crowed to aides for days about the grandiose treatment - and the Brits hope to reproduce some of that magic. "He has been welcomed like no U.S President before". "Trump Baby will fly".

The Trump Baby blimp will be strapped to the grounds of Parliament Square Gardens on the morning of July 13, marking the President Trump's first official visit to London, and will coincide with "Stop Trump", an activist march to take place in central London. He praised the relationship between the two nations and said it was "as strong now as it has ever been".

Erika Miller poses for a photograph during Republicans Overseas event in London, July 4, 2018. He said the two leaders would discuss "the issue of the relationship with Russian Federation".

A spokeswoman for British Prime Minister Theresa May denied to The Guardian that the prime minister's use of the Chequers retreat to meet with Trump was designed specifically to help the president avoid major protests.

Those sentiments were echoed by Sarah Elliott, 36, chairman of Republicans Overseas UK. We need to be friends with America. However, this has been delayed indefinitely, reportedly because the president did not want to be met by protests.

The Trump Arms will be adorned with a banner displaying the pub's temporary name for the duration of the visit.

The landlord of the Jameson pub, Damien Smyth, 53, told TIME it was his "duty to do something positive" to greet the President, who lands in the United Kingdom on Thursday.

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