Opponents of Donald Trump inflated a blimp depicting the U.S. president as an orange, snarling baby just outside the British parliament on Friday.
Trump, who arrived in Britain on Thursday, told the Sun newspaper that planned protests against him in London and other British cities made him feel unwelcome so he was avoiding the capital as much as possible.
"I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to London," Trump told the newspaper.
"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?"
A giant balloon depicting US President Donald Trump as a screaming orange baby flies over London as tens of thousands march through the streets of London to protest the American leader's visit to the UKhttps://t.co/YlLDhrYdWV pic.twitter.com/bBigB2EuJ8— DAILY SABAH (@DailySabah) July 13, 2018
Earlier on Thursday, London mayor Sadiq Khan gave the green light to fly the 6-meter (19-feet) high protest balloon after more than 10,000 people signed a petition.
Khan has been an outspoken opponent of Trump, saying in January that Londoners "have made it clear that Donald Trump is not welcome here," after the president testily canceled a trip to the U.K.
He wrote on Twitter that although Londoners admire the U.S., they "find his policies and actions the polar opposite of our city's values of inclusion, diversity, and tolerance."