LONDON (Reuters) – A blimp depicting Donald Trump as an insidious, soft orange child flying outside the UK Parliament when US President visits a state visit next month if protesters can raise £ 30,000 ($ 38,000) for lawyer groups .
FILE PHOTO: Demonstrators float a blimp emitting US President Donald Trump, over Parliament's seat during the visit of Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in London, UK, on July 13, 2018. REUTERS / Peter Nicholls
At the request by Queen Elizabeth, President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are due in the UK on 3-5. June for a state visit – a pump-loaded affair involving a wagon tour through London and a banquet at Buckingham Palace.
Britain's so-called special relationship with the United States is one of the lasting alliances of the past century, but some British voters see Trump as raw, fleeting, and oppose their values on topics ranging from global warming to his treatment of women.
The striker met Trump when he visited Britain in 2018, describing as an attempt to make him feel unwelcome, and the man behind the giant inflatable said he would let it fly again if a crowdfunding campaign can increase £ 30,000 for group movement causing climate action to women's rights.
"Blimp will come in the air when Donald Trump is on these shores," Matt Bonner, its designer – throwing himself like a "Trump babysitter" – told Reuters. "The purpose of this is to mock Donald Trump to give him a taste of his medicine."
"What we are going to do this time is to use the power, the momentum of Trump's baby to help support people on earth fighting against Trump policies and trumpet more generally," Bonner said.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan authorized the six-meter-high balloon to fly next to the Palace of Westminster in central London during Trump's previous visit and provoke anger from US presidential supporters who said it was a insult to the head of Britain's closest allies.
A spokeswoman for the Khan's Greater London Authority (GLA) said any application to fly blimp on land managed by GLA would be judged by the same criteria as the last time by GLA officials, police and the Aviation Authority.
"A state visit legitimizes a very controversial figure that continues divisions in our society and challenges what is much more important than any particular relationship we have with the United States," Bonner said.
While the British monarch formally invited for a state visit, the visit was offered by Prime Minister Theresa May when she became the first foreign leader to visit him after his inauguration in January 2017.
During his journey last year Trump shocked Britain's political establishment by providing a confusing assessment of May & # 39; s Brexit strategy. He said she had failed to follow his advice, such as suing the EU, but later said that May did a fantastic job.
Support for the crowdfunding campaign is British groups UK Student Climate Network, Jawaab and Sisters Uncut, as well as US organizations Sunrise Movement, United We Dream and Planned Parenthood.
"The baby has always had an element of fun, but we are fatally serious about being in solidarity with those affected by Trump and the policies he represents all over the world," said Sheila Menon, one of the teams behind the blimp.
Queen Elizabeth has hosted US leaders, including Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton in their 67-year reign.
But Trump is only the third US President to honor a state visit after George W. Bush in 2003 and Barack Obama in 2011.
Last year, as hundreds of thousands protested over Britain, Trump was feted with a sumptuous dinner at Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of British world warlord Winston Churchill. He and Melania also had tea with the Queen at Windsor Castle.
The president then violated the royal protocol by publicly revealing details of a conversation he had with the monarch of Brexit's complexities.
This year, the visit will include a May meeting in Downing Street and also a ceremony in Portsmouth on the southern English coast to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France during World War II.
Writing by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing Mark Potter