President Donald Trump has spoken out about the Trump Baby blimp.
During the London protests, the 20-foot-tall Trump baby balloon was flown. The balloon was created by protestors as a way to mock the president during his visit to the U.K..
President Trump responded to the blimp during his interview with The Sun and went on to compare it with the general opinion of him.
“I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to London,“ Trump said. ”I used to love London as a city. I haven’t been there in a long time. But when they make you feel unwelcome, why would I stay there? And when I say that I am talking about government because the people of the UK agree with me.”
Trump may be referring to his past feud with London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who has been outspoken about his disapproval of Trump’s visit.
Some who live in London are also expressing their dislike for the balloon:
I’m not a Trump fan. I support the orderly protest march planned for London against his policies. But to float a 20ft ‘Trump Baby’ blimp, depicting him as smartphone-wielding, nappy-wearing infant is to sink to his level of vitriol & disrespect. I think it belittles us, not him. pic.twitter.com/eeAdaBJAvn
— Steve Chalke (@SteveChalke) July 11, 2018
They say that the balloon is distasteful and there are better ways to protest:
I’m no fan of Trump but I’m embarrassed by that orange baby blimp thing. I feel like we’re better than that.
— Andy Bush (@bushontheradio) July 13, 2018
According to Trump, he has been sent thousands of positive messages from people in the U.K..
“Many people are delighted,“ said Trump. ”I get thousands of notifications from people in the UK that they love the President of the United States. They want the same thing I want.”
The president is on a working visit to the U.K., but has avoided London due to the protests.