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Baby blimp that made Trump ‘feel unwelcome’ takes off in Parliament Square

The US President will not personally witness the inflatable’s flight, which received support from his nemesis, London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

A 'Baby Trump' balloon rises after being inflated in London's Parliament Square, as part of the protests against the visit of US President Donald Trump to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 13, 2018. See PA story POLITICS Trump. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
A 'Baby Trump' balloon rises after being inflated in London's Parliament Square, as part of the protests against the visit of US President Donald Trump to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 13, 2018. See PA story POLITICS Trump. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
A 'Baby Trump' balloon rises after being inflated in London's Parliament Square, as part of the protests against the visit of US President Donald Trump to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 13, 2018. See PA story POLITICS Trump. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
A 'Baby Trump' balloon rises after being inflated in London's Parliament Square, as part of the protests against the visit of US President Donald Trump to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 13, 2018. See PA story POLITICS Trump. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
A 'Baby Trump' balloon rises after being inflated in London's Parliament Square, as part of the protests against the visit of US President Donald Trump to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 13, 2018. See PA story POLITICS Trump. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
People take a 'selfie' as a 'Baby Trump' balloon rises after being inflated in London's Parliament Square, as part of the protests against the visit of US President Donald Trump to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 13, 2018. See PA story POLITICS Trump. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
A 'Baby Trump' balloon rises after being inflated in London's Parliament Square, as part of the protests against the visit of US President Donald Trump to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 13, 2018. See PA story POLITICS Trump. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
A 'Baby Trump' balloon rises after being inflated in London's Parliament Square, as part of the protests against the visit of US President Donald Trump to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 13, 2018. See PA story POLITICS Trump. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
A 'Baby Trump' balloon rises after being inflated in London's Parliament Square, as part of the protests against the visit of US President Donald Trump to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 13, 2018. See PA story POLITICS Trump. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
A 'Baby Trump' balloon rises after being inflated in London's Parliament Square, as part of the protests against the visit of US President Donald Trump to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 13, 2018. See PA story POLITICS Trump. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
A 'Baby Trump' balloon rises after being inflated in London's Parliament Square, as part of the protests against the visit of US President Donald Trump to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 13, 2018. See PA story POLITICS Trump. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
A 'Baby Trump' balloon rises after being inflated in London's Parliament Square, as part of the protests against the visit of US President Donald Trump to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 13, 2018. See PA story POLITICS Trump. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
A 'Baby Trump' balloon rises after being inflated in London's Parliament Square, as part of the protests against the visit of US President Donald Trump to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 13, 2018. See PA story POLITICS Trump. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
US Marine helicopters (ringed), which are used by the presidential entourage, pass the 'Baby Trump' balloon as it rises after being inflated in London's Parliament Square, as part of the protests against the visit of US President Donald Trump to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 13, 2018. See PA story POLITICS Trump. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
A 'Baby Trump' balloon rises after being inflated in London's Parliament Square, as part of the protests against the visit of US President Donald Trump to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 13, 2018. See PA story POLITICS Trump. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
A 'Baby Trump' balloon is inflated in London's Parliament Square, as part of the protests against the visit of US President Donald Trump to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 13, 2018. See PA story POLITICS Trump. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
A 'Baby Trump' balloon is inflated in London's Parliament Square, as part of the protests against the visit of US President Donald Trump to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 13, 2018. See PA story POLITICS Trump. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
File photo datd 10/07/18 of the Trump Baby Blimp, as Police Scotland have said a giant inflatable "Trump baby" will not be allowed to fly over the US president's Turnberry golf course when he visits over the weekend. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday July 12, 2018. Assistant Chief Constable Mark Williams said the move had been ruled out due to airspace restrictions in the area, but discussions are taking place about where the balloon can be flown instead. See PA story POLITICS Trump Baby. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
The Trump Baby Blimp is inflated during a practice test, at Bingfield Park in north London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday July 10, 2018. The six-metre high blow-up caricature depicting Mr Trump as a baby wearing a nappy and clutching a mobile phone was given the green light by the Greater London Authority to fly near Parliament. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
The Trump Baby Blimp is prepared to be inflated during a practice test, at Bingfield Park in north London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday July 10, 2018. The six-metre high blow-up caricature depicting Mr Trump as a baby wearing a nappy and clutching a mobile phone was given the green light by the Greater London Authority to fly near Parliament. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
The Trump Baby Blimp is inflated during a practice test, at Bingfield Park in north London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday July 10, 2018. The six-metre high blow-up caricature depicting Mr Trump as a baby wearing a nappy and clutching a mobile phone was given the green light by the Greater London Authority to fly near Parliament. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
Children play baseball in front of the Trump Baby Blimp, whilst it is inflated during a practice test, at Bingfield Park in north London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday July 10, 2018. The six-metre high blow-up caricature depicting Mr Trump as a baby wearing a nappy and clutching a mobile phone was given the green light by the Greater London Authority to fly near Parliament. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
The Trump Baby Blimp is inflated during a practice test, at Bingfield Park in north London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday July 10, 2018. The six-metre high blow-up caricature depicting Mr Trump as a baby wearing a nappy and clutching a mobile phone was given the green light by the Greater London Authority to fly near Parliament. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
Nine-month-old Ivy Eakin sits in front of the Trump Baby Blimp as is inflated for a practice test, at Bingfield Park in north London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday July 10, 2018. The six-metre high blow-up caricature depicting Mr Trump as a baby wearing a nappy and clutching a mobile phone was given the green light by the Greater London Authority to fly near Parliament. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
The Trump Baby Blimp is inflated during a practice test, at Bingfield Park in north London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday July 10, 2018. The six-metre high blow-up caricature depicting Mr Trump as a baby wearing a nappy and clutching a mobile phone was given the green light by the Greater London Authority to fly near Parliament. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
The Trump Baby Blimp is inflated during a practice test, at Bingfield Park in north London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday July 10, 2018. The six-metre high blow-up caricature depicting Mr Trump as a baby wearing a nappy and clutching a mobile phone was given the green light by the Greater London Authority to fly near Parliament. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
The Trump Baby Blimp is inflated during a practice test, at Bingfield Park in north London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday July 10, 2018. The six-metre high blow-up caricature depicting Mr Trump as a baby wearing a nappy and clutching a mobile phone was given the green light by the Greater London Authority to fly near Parliament. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
The Trump Baby Blimp is inflated during a practice test, at Bingfield Park in north London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday July 10, 2018. The six-metre high blow-up caricature depicting Mr Trump as a baby wearing a nappy and clutching a mobile phone was given the green light by the Greater London Authority to fly near Parliament. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
US Marine helicopters (ringed), which are used by the presidential entourage, pass the 'Baby Trump' balloon as it rises after being inflated in London's Parliament Square, as part of the protests against the visit of US President Donald Trump to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 13, 2018. See PA story POLITICS Trump. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
A 'Baby Trump' balloon rises after being inflated in London's Parliament Square, as part of the protests against the visit of US President Donald Trump to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 13, 2018. See PA story POLITICS Trump. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
A 'Baby Trump' balloon rises after being inflated in London's Parliament Square, as part of the protests against the visit of US President Donald Trump to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 13, 2018. See PA story POLITICS Trump. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
US Marine helicopters pass the 'Baby Trump' balloon as it rises after being inflated in London's Parliament Square, as part of the protests against the visit of US President Donald Trump to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 13, 2018. See PA story POLITICS Trump. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
A 'Baby Trump' balloon rises after being inflated in London's Parliament Square, as part of the protests against the visit of US President Donald Trump to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 13, 2018. See PA story POLITICS Trump. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
US Marine helicopters pass the 'Baby Trump' balloon as it rises after being inflated in London's Parliament Square, as part of the protests against the visit of US President Donald Trump to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 13, 2018. See PA story POLITICS Trump. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
A 'Baby Trump' balloon rises after being inflated in London's Parliament Square, as part of the protests against the visit of US President Donald Trump to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 13, 2018. See PA story POLITICS Trump. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
A 'Baby Trump' balloon is inflated in London's Parliament Square, as part of the protests against the visit of US President Donald Trump to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 13, 2018. See PA story POLITICS Trump. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
A 'Baby Trump' balloon is inflated in London's Parliament Square, as part of the protests against the visit of US President Donald Trump to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 13, 2018. See PA story POLITICS Trump. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
A 'Baby Trump' balloon is inflated in London's Parliament Square, as part of the protests against the visit of US President Donald Trump to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 13, 2018. See PA story POLITICS Trump. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
A 'Baby Trump' balloon is inflated in London's Parliament Square, as part of the protests against the visit of US President Donald Trump to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 13, 2018. See PA story POLITICS Trump. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire

A blimp depicting Donald Trump as a whingeing nappy-clad baby clutching a mobile phone was successfully launched in Parliament Square as protests against the US President’s visit mounted.

Cheers greeted the 20ft (6m) high inflatable caricature’s take-off in central London at around 9.30am on Friday, ahead of rallies across the capital.

Mr Trump will not personally witness the blimp’s flight, which received support from his nemesis, London Mayor Sadiq Khan, but the Republican said it had made him “feel unwelcome” in London.

Critics gathering in the square opposite the Palace of Westminster did not deny that that was their intention.

Mexican Paul Fonseca, 23, who is living in Camden, north London, said: “I think it’s hilarious. It’s an accurate representation of his politics which are so immature. He never enters into adult discussion.”

Jason Caines, 50, from Pimlico, central London, said: “It’s good. It needs to be done because he’s a bigot and a racist. He shouldn’t be president.”

Several anti-Trump protest groups were to meet in Portland Place on Friday as the president has a working lunch with Prime Minister Theresa May at her country residence, Chequers.

In an interview with The Sun, Mr Trump said: “I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to London.”

The inflatable’s flight was approved by the Greater London Authority, with Mr Khan defending the decision.

The Metropolitan Police’s Lucy D’Orsi, who is in charge of the policing operation for the visit, said she had seen discussion about police “restricting the right to protest”, and added that the force was aiming to strike a balance between that and public safety.

With Mr Trump set to travel to Scotland on Friday evening after meeting the Queen at Windsor Castle, a rally is planned for Glasgow’s George Square.

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