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Trump blimp plastered across Portsmouth ahead of US president’s visit

A campaign group has covered bus shelters in Portsmouth with images of the blimp as Mr Trump prepares to visit for D-Day commemorations.

A campaign group has plastered images of the Trump blimp onto bus shelters in Portsmouth ahead of the president’s visit (Special Patrol Group/PA)
A campaign group has plastered images of the Trump blimp onto bus shelters in Portsmouth ahead of the president’s visit (Special Patrol Group/PA)

Donald Trump will be greeted by images of the baby blimp effigy of himself when he visits Portsmouth on the final day of his state visit.

A campaign group which “hacks” advertising boards has plastered images of the balloon, which flew over Parliament Square on Tuesday, to bus shelters in the city.

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Mr Trump will join The Queen, Theresa May and other world leaders in Portsmouth for the D-Day commemoration (Special Patrol Group/PA)

Mr Trump will visit Portsmouth alongside the Queen, Prime Minister and other world leaders for a national commemoration ceremony, 75 years after the D-Day landings.

Some 70,000 members of the public are also expected to attend the event at Portsmouth Naval Memorial on Southsea Common to pay tribute to the thousands who lost their lives during Operation Overlord.

A Special Patrol Group spokesman said: “The Trump Baby has relentlessly trolled the president across the world, from London to Paris to Buenos Aires, and we wanted to make sure that he got a look-in at Portsmouth too.

“D-day is about commemorating the fight against fascism, but Trump is pursuing a dangerous far-right agenda and fanning the flames of hatred.”

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The Trump blimp flew over Parliament Square on Tuesday(Special Patrol Group/PA)

Hundreds of veterans will also join the memorial and Mrs May will host 15 world leaders in the Hampshire Port city.

The event will be the first time the UK has hosted this many world leaders outside a formal summit since the 2012 Olympics.

On Tuesday, tens of thousands of people marched through central London as the president met senior Government and business leaders before a press conference with Theresa May.

The Trump baby team flew the 20ft blimp over Parliament Square as Mr Trump’s motorcade passed on its way to Downing Street.

The president decried reports of the protests as “fake news”.

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