Donald Trump has admitted that the giant baby blimp makes him feel “unwelcome”
As expected, Donald Trump’s visit to the UK has been met with protest and controversy.
Mass marches have been held in the streets of London and even more protesters are expected later today.
And the centrepiece of the day’s demonstration was the now-famous #TrumpBaby.
The (somewhat underwhelming) six-metre inflatable was approved by London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who’s got a legendary beef with the US leader.
And Trump, 72, seems to taken the hint that the giant anti-Trump blimp is designed as a protest to signal that many people in the UK disagree with his policies and don’t particularly want him here.
“I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to London,” he told The Sun.
“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?”
Uh huh. That is EXACTLY the point, Mr President.
In fact, a recent YouGov poll found that some 77% of Brits have an unfavourable opinion of the president, and just 50% thought his visit should go ahead.
Meanwhile, the president has backtracked from his earlier humiliating attacks in The Sun against Theresa May, when he ridiculed her Brexit proposals and endorsed her chief rival Boris Johnson as a future PM.
“I didn’t criticise the prime minister. I’ve got a lot of respect for the prime minister,” Trump told reporters at a press conference.
“It’s called fake news and we solve a lot of problems with the good old recording instrument.”
The truth, as usual, however, is that the newspaper recorded their interview with the president and simply printed what he said.
And Sadiq Khan has publicly hit back at Trump’s comments about him.
“I’m not tweeting President Trump or saying beastly things about him,” he said.
“It’s for President Trump to explain why he has singled me out for being responsible for these acts of terrorism, and no other mayor or no other leader.”
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