Trump 'Quite Stung' by London's Blimp

Inflatable depicting president as baby rises over Parliament
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 13, 2018 6:01 AM CDT
The blimp rises in Parliament Square in London, England, Friday, July 13, 2018.   (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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(Newser) – London has seen countless strange sights over the centuries—but a blimp depicting President Trump as an angry orange baby rising outside the Houses of Parliament is a new one. The blimp—part of protests against Trump's visit that are planned in dozens of British cities—went up Friday morning, held with lead lines by 16 people calling themselves "babysitters," the AP reports. Tens of thousands of people are expected to march in London against Trump amid the UK's biggest police mobilization since riots in 2011. But the president will be elsewhere: His plans for the day include meetings with Prime Minister Theresa May at Chequers, her country retreat, and tea with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle.

Trump's meeting with May is likely to be an awkward one: In an interview published late Thursday, he accused of her wrecking Brexit and praised leadership rival Boris Johnson. Tom Newton Dunn, the journalist who interviewed him, says Trump is "really quite stung by the criticism he's been getting," the BBC reports. "He knew all about the baby blimp. I think it hurt him," Newton Dunn says. London Mayor Sadiq Khan has hit back against claims Trump made in the interview, the Guardian reports. Khan slammed Trump's "preposterous" claims blaming immigration for crime. The mayor, accused by Trump of doing a "bad job," said he had authorized the blimp because he didn't want to restrict freedom of speech. (Read more United Kingdom stories.)

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