Here's everything you need to know as the 'Baby Trump' blimp prepares to fly over London

Nick Reilly
Contributor
The helium filled Donald Trump blimp will be deployed during The President of the United States’ upcoming visit, (REUTERS/Simon Dawson/File Photo)

Donald Trump is preparing to make his first official visit to the UK – and it’s no surprise that the news has been met with promises of widespread protests.

But perhaps the most outlandish comes in the form of the Trump baby blimp.

For the uninitiated, a a 20ft, orange blimp that depicts Donald Trump as an angry smartphone-clutching toddler will be flown above the capital this Friday July 13.

Hoping to catch it? Here’s everything we know so far.

Who’s responsible for the blimp?

U.S. President Donald Trump will arrive tomorrow (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

Well, technically lots of people. A crowdfunding campaign raised more than £16,000 to get the protest off the ground.

But it was then up to Sadiq Khan and the Greater London Authority to grant permission for the flight. They did so last week, which means that it will fly on Fridy.

Where I can see it and how high will it fly?

It’s expected that the blimp will be mainly tethered at Parliament Square. Westminster, therefore, is definitely the place to be.

As part of the permission, the blimp’s controllers must follow strict instructions. It must be tethered to the ground at all times and cannot be flown at a height of more than 30 metres.

The blimp will fly from 9.30am on Friday until 11.30am.

What’s the reaction been so far?

Piers Morgan has clashed with Sadiq Khan over the baby Donald Trump air balloon

Although largely positive in the UK, high-profile figures including Piers Morgan have condemned the stunt.

As he interviewed Sadiq Khan on Good Morning Britain yesterday, Morgan accused the mayor of ‘hypocrisy’.

‘I think there’s hypocrisy here’, he said.

‘I don’t think you would allow in a million years a topless blimp of Hilary Clinton in a nappy had she won to be flown at Parliament.

‘I don’t think you would allow a black balloon depicting Obama in a nappy to be flown.


‘I charge you with hypocrisy about free speech.’

What does the US say?

Woody Johnson, the US Ambassador to the UK, also claimed that the blimp was ‘irrelevant’.

’It’s really irrelevant to what we are trying to do and certainly doesn’t reflect the opinion of the British people I’ve met’, he told Radio 4’s Today Programme.

‘And I’ve spent the last 7 months going around the country and getting their point of view.’

Nigel Farage also previously described it as ‘the biggest insult to a sitting US President ever.’