Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Trump visit: London on LOCKDOWN as trip to spark protests

Trump visit: London on LOCKDOWN as trip to spark protests

Trump Baby, designed as a statement of protest as Trump visits the United Kingdom this weekend, was brought to life by a crowdfunding campaign, which exceeded its initial £5,000 (S$9,000) target so exponentially that there are now plans to take the balloon around the world, following - and taunting - the U.S. president wherever he goes.

Winfield House is the only place where Trump will spend time in central London, where demonstrators are expected to gather in their tens of thousands for a march on Friday afternoon, hours after a giant "Trump baby" balloon is flown near the UK Parliament in an eye-catching stunt.

On Wednesday, US Ambassador to Britain Woody Johnson talked back Trump's comment that Britain was in "turmoil" because of Brexit-related political upheaval.

Ms Menon, who is part of a group who crowdfunded the balloon, said: 'We know that behind the humour of this the Trump baby represents a whole multitude of campaigns and issues.

Yesterday, the Guardian newspaper reported, "The UK police mobilisation for Trump's visit would be the largest since the 2011 English riots", when London was shocked by five days of violence and unrest, with a deployment of 10 000 police.

The Embassy in London notes that the majority of the demonstrations will take place in central London on Friday, with other events scheduled to take place on Thursday and Saturday.

Reuters reports that more than 50,000 people have signed up to protest Trump's visit in London on Friday.

The US Embassy in London issued the alert ahead of Trump's arrival on Thursday after attending a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.

"If the president wants to do something, we'll make it possible".

The U.S. Embassy has warned U.S. citizens to keep a low profile during the visit because of the protests, the sort of warning usually issued in more volatile locations.

Nona Hurkmans, one of the activists behind the infantile inflatable of Trump, said the balloon was a fair response to Trump's own behavior and downplayed claims that Trump deserved more respect.

The organisers behind the blimp however, said they were just "poking fun" and "hope Trump sees it".

President Donald Trump will get the red-carpet treatment on his brief visit to Britain beginning today: military bands at a gala dinner, lunch with the prime minister at her country residence and tea with the queen at Windsor Castle before flying off to one of his golf clubs in Scotland.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has come under fire for his approval of a blimp featuring US President Donald Trump dressed as a baby.

On Friday, May and Trump will go to to watch a joint counter-terrorism exercise by British and USA special forces at a military base.

Nearly all of Trump's activities will be outside the city: He'll meet the Queen at Windsor Castle, not Buckingham Palace.

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