‘Trump baby’ will come to Scotland for president’s visit

A giant inflatable “Trump baby” will be brought to Scotland to coincide with the US president’s visit over the weekend.

Permission has already been granted for the 20ft high balloon caricature to be flown over central London on Friday, as Donald Trump arrives in the UK.

Organisers have also applied to fly it over his Turnberry golf course in South Ayrshire on Saturday, where they hope it will be seen by the president.

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>Organisers want permission to fly the balloon over Turnberry (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)</figcaption>
Organisers want permission to fly the balloon over Turnberry (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

Mr Trump plans to spend the weekend at the resort.

The balloon, which depicts the American leader as an angry infant wearing a nappy and clutching a mobile phone, is intended to be a symbol for all those campaigning against Mr Trump’s controversial policies.

Matthew Butcher, an anti-Trump campaigner and one of the “babysitters” of the balloon, said: “I think that the thing that the Trump balloon does is that it brings an element of fun to the protests, but it also gets under Donald Trump’s very thin skin.”

He said the stunt aims to “hold up a mirror” to Mr Trump’s “toddler-like politics”.

Its appearance in central London was approved by the Greater London Authority.

Around 7,000 people have signed a petition urging authorities in Scotland to grant the same permission for Turnberry, which is covered by aerial restrictions during Mr Trump’s stay.

Organisers said they will transport the balloon to Scotland overnight, and will fly it elsewhere on Saturday even if their Ayrshire application is turned down.

Various protests are planned to coincide with the president’s visit to Scotland, including a national demonstration and “carnival of resistance” in Edinburgh.

- Press Association

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