Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Baby Trump Balloon Approved By London Mayor To Be Flown During Visit

Baby Trump Balloon Approved By London Mayor To Be Flown During Visit

It is reported by CNN.

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has given the green light to a giant "Trump Baby" balloon that will fly during the United States president's visit next week.

Activists planning a demonstration during President Donald Trump's upcoming visit to London have received permission to elevate their protest to new heights - with a blimp.

Protests planned to greet Trump include a 20-foot-tall "baby Trump" balloon clad in a diaper and clutching a cell phone with small hands along with a tuft of yellow hair on his head and a swirl of yellow chest hair.

Campaigners started a crowdfunding campaign to raise the money to fly a six-meter balloon of Trump as a baby in a nappy over London.

A spokesperson for the mayor said he "supports the right to peaceful protest and understands this can take many different forms", in a statement to CNBC. The representative also added, "However, the organisers will also need to receive the necessary approvals from the Metropolitan Police and National Air Traffic Service in order for it to fly". Khan was highly critical of Trump's travel ban and then last spring, Trump berated (and misconstrued) Khan following the London terrorist attack that saw several killed and dozens injured.

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Set to fly above Parliament Square Gardens between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m., coinciding with a "Stop Trump" march held in the city center, the balloon is required to hover a maximum of 98 feet above ground, tethered by a rope.

The project was founded by a group of protesters describing themselves as anti-fascist art activists, and crowdfunded by supporters who have so far contributed over £18,000.

She said: "I yield to nobody in calling Trump, I hate to use an impolite word, let's say not up to the usual standards of American Presidents".

Murry told the BBC that the mayor's office was initially very skeptical of the balloon, and didn't consider it a legitimate form of protest, but hat they eventually "rediscovered [their] sense of humor" and allowed the baby Trump balloon to fly.

Garnering over 10,000 signatures and over £17,300 in fundraising, the so-called "angry baby" balloon has gained enough support to catch the Mayor's attention.

On Twitter former UKIP leader Nigel Farage said the plan was "the biggest insult to a sitting US President ever".

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