Donald Trump has been in the UK less than 24 hours and he's already admitted that he "feels unwelcome."
Why on earth would he feel like this?
Surely he's aware that thousands of people will be gathering in central London later to mark his arrival? There will be balloons and everything.
Sadly, for Donald. That's what he has taken an exception to. A balloon.
By now you are probably aware that 20ft 'Trump Baby' blimp will be flown over Parliament Square this morning and the famously-thick-skinned President isn't best pleased.
Speaking to The Sun he said:
I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to London.
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?
It's true that Trump's arrival in the UK is mostly being viewed as an unpopular event with protests expected around the capital throughout Friday.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Kahn has authorised the blimp and Trump continued to criticise the Labour representative and the job that he is doing.
You have a mayor who has done a terrible job in London. He has done a terrible job.
Take a look at the terrorism that is taking place. Look at what is going on in London.
He might not like the current president, but I represent the United States.
Once again, despite a predicted 200,000 people expected to be at the protests, Trump believes that he is still popular amongst the British public.
And when I say that [being unwelcome] I am talking about government because the people of the UK agree with me.
Many people are delighted. 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.
Considering that he won't be returning to London for the rest of his trip he would have been hoping to not see the blimp in person but The Hill reports that it will be transported to Scotland where there are plans to fly in at his Turnberry golf course.
However, that is unlikely to happen as local police have already confirmed that they won't allow the blimp to fly.
Assistant Chief Constable Mark Williams said:
Clearly, there is a significant protection operation in place for the president and this includes restrictions to the airspace in the Turnberry area.
We need to ensure there is a balance between protection and public safety and the public's right to peacefully protest.
With that in mind and on this occasion we are unable to grant permission for the balloon to fly in that area, however, we are in discussion with the applicants about possible alternatives
HT The Sun