London Mayor Sadiq Khan has given the green light for a controversial balloon that will be flown over Westminster during United States President Donald Trump’s visit to the UK.
The massive blimp is a cartoonish caricature of the President as an adult infant complete with diaper, orange skin, and a mobile phone indicating the President’s strong social media presence.
“The Mayor supports the right to peaceful protest and understands that this can take many different forms,” said a spokesperson for the Mayor to the Standard. “His city operations team have met with the organisers and have given them permission to use Parliament Square Garden as a grounding point for the blimp.”
“However the organizers will also need to receive the necessary approvals from the Metropolitan Police and National Air Traffic Service in order for it to fly,” the spokesperson continued.
Some believe Khan’s quick approval of the blimp is a consequence of the bitter relationship between the two politicians following Trump’s comments about the London Bridge terror attack last year.
At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is "no reason to be alarmed!"
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2017
The US President will spend the weekend of July 13 in the UK where he will meet with the US Ambassador and British Prime Minister Theresa May. More than 50,000 protesters are expected to assemble outside the capital during Trump’s visit.