Trump baby blimp flies in London as protests greet president

LONDON (AP) — As British Prime Minister Theresa May meets President Donald Trump on Tuesday, thousands of protesters plan to tell the U.S. leader he should have stayed at home.

Trade unions, women's groups, peace campaigners and environmentalists are gathering in the capital to condemn Trump's policies — and Britain's decision to roll out the red carpet for a pomp-filled state visit.

Protests began with the flying of a giant blimp depicting the president as an angry orange baby, which rose from the grass of central London's Parliament Square.

One group came dressed in the red cloaks and bonnets of characters from Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale," which is set in a dystopian, misogynist future America.

Leaders of Britain's main opposition party are due to join demonstrators later at a rally in Trafalgar Square, just up the street from May's Downing St. office. Police have erected barricades to stop protesters marching past the gates of Downing St.

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Demonstrators slowly deflate a blimp portraying U.S. President Donald Trump that had been floating over Parliament Square, during the visit by Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, in London, Britain July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Demonstrators float a blimp portraying U.S. President Donald Trump above Parliament Square, during the visit by Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, in London, Britain July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Demonstrators fly a blimp portraying U.S. President Donald Trump, in Parliament Square, during the visit by Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in London, Britain July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Demonstrators float a blimp portraying U.S. President Donald Trump, behind a tourist bus in Parliament Square, during the visit by Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in London, Britain July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Demonstrators float a blimp portraying U.S. President Donald Trump, behind a police vehicle in Parliament Square, during the visit by Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in London, Britain July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Demonstrators float a blimp portraying U.S. President Donald Trump, next to a Union Flag above Parliament Square, during the visit by Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in London, Britain July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Demonstrators float a blimp portraying U.S. President Donald Trump, behind a red tourist bus in Parliament Square, during the visit by Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in London, Britain July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
A balloon portraying U.S. President Donald Trump as a baby is attached to a man's rucksack during a protest in Parliament Square, during the visit by Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in London, Britain July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Demonstrators float a blimp portraying U.S. President Donald Trump, next to a Union Flag above Parliament Square, during the visit by Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in London, Britain July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Demonstrators float a blimp portraying U.S. President Donald Trump, above Parliament Square, during the visit by Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in London, Britain July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Demonstrators float a blimp portraying U.S. President Donald Trump, in Parliament Square, during the visit by Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in London, Britain July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Onlookers look at a blimp portraying U.S. President Donald Trump, in Parliament Square, during the visit by Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in London, Britain July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Onlookers stand in front of a blimp portraying U.S. President Donald Trump, in Parliament Square, during the visit by Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in London, Britain July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Demonstrators stand in front of a blimp portraying U.S. President Donald Trump, in Parliament Square, during the visit by Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in London, Britain July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Demonstrators stand in front of a blimp portraying U.S. President Donald Trump, in Parliament Square, during the visit by Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in London, Britain July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Demonstrators fly a blimp portraying U.S. President Donald Trump, in Parliament Square, during the visit by Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in London, Britain July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Demonstrators fly a blimp portraying U.S. President Donald Trump, in Parliament Square, during the visit by Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in London, Britain July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Demonstrators fly a blimp portraying U.S. President Donald Trump, in Parliament Square, during the visit by Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in London, Britain July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Demonstrators fly a blimp portraying U.S. President Donald Trump, in Parliament Square, during the visit by Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in London, Britain July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Demonstrators inflate a blimp portraying U.S. President Donald Trump, in Parliament Square, during the visit by Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in London, Britain July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Demonstrators prepare to inflate a blimp portraying U.S. President Donald Trump, in Parliament Square, during the visit by Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in London, Britain July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
The Trump Baby, a six metre high inflatable blimp flying above the Houses of Parliament in Westminster prior to the Together Against Trump national demonstration on 13th July 2018 in London, United Kingdom. Organisations The Stop Trump Coalition and Stand Up to Trump have come together for a one-off national demonstration to protest against President Trumps policies and politics during his official UK visit. (photo by Mike Kemp/In Pictures via Getty Images)
The Trump Baby and Winston Churchill statue, a six metre high inflatable blimp flying above the Houses of Parliament in Westminster prior to the Together Against Trump national demonstration on 13th July 2018 in London, United Kingdom. Organisations The Stop Trump Coalition and Stand Up to Trump have come together for a one-off national demonstration to protest against President Trumps policies and politics during his official UK visit. (photo by Mike Kemp/In Pictures via Getty Images)
Protest singer and the Trump Baby, a six metre high inflatable blimp flying above the Houses of Parliament in Westminster prior to the Together Against Trump national demonstration on 13th July 2018 in London, United Kingdom. Organisations The Stop Trump Coalition and Stand Up to Trump have come together for a one-off national demonstration to protest against President Trumps policies and politics during his official UK visit. (photo by Mike Kemp/In Pictures via Getty Images)
Protest singer and the Trump Baby, a six metre high inflatable blimp flying above the Houses of Parliament in Westminster prior to the Together Against Trump national demonstration on 13th July 2018 in London, United Kingdom. Organisations The Stop Trump Coalition and Stand Up to Trump have come together for a one-off national demonstration to protest against President Trumps policies and politics during his official UK visit. (photo by Mike Kemp/In Pictures via Getty Images)
The Trump Baby, a six metre high inflatable blimp flying above the Houses of Parliament in Westminster prior to the Together Against Trump national demonstration on 13th July 2018 in London, United Kingdom. Organisations The Stop Trump Coalition and Stand Up to Trump have come together for a one-off national demonstration to protest against President Trumps policies and politics during his official UK visit. (photo by Mike Kemp/In Pictures via Getty Images)
People inflate a helium filled Donald Trump blimp which they hope to deploy during The President of the United States' upcoming visit, in London, Britain, June 26, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
People inflate a helium filled Donald Trump blimp which they hope to deploy during The President of the United States' upcoming visit, in London, Britain, June 26, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
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Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is due to address the protest, which will be attended by several senior lawmakers from his left-of-center party.

Emily Thornberry, Labour's foreign affairs spokeswoman, said Trump was "a sexual predator" and a racist who did not deserve the honor of a state visit hosted by Queen Elizabeth II.

Thornberry told the BBC that the leader of Britain's most important ally should be stood up to "the way you deal with a bully" because "if you bow down in front of them you just get kicked harder."

Not everyone in London was unwelcoming.

Lewis Metcalfe said he came to the city from his home in northern England to show support for the president.

"I'm obviously going to be a minority today," said Metcalfe, who wore a "Make America Great Again" cap.

"I don't agree with all his policies. He's not the greatest president in the world, but he does get things done."

Trump dined with the queen at Buckingham Palace and took tea with Prince Charles on Monday, the first day of his three-day visit.

Things are likely to become more awkward on Tuesday when he meets May, who is in the final weeks of her premiership. The two leaders have sharply differing views on issues including Iran, Brexit and Chinese telecoms firm Huawei.

Trump has already criticized May's handling of Brexit and said May's rival Boris Johnson would make an "excellent" prime minister.

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